There is wide consensus around the need for garland to be removed. It is inflexible and quite dated looking. Removing garland from core would create a much better overall 1st impression for newcomers to Drupal. And a much better face for Drupal moving forward with the Drupal 8 release cycle and beyond.
Comments on this issue showing this consensus:
- Create a patch to remove the Garland theme and all it's dependencies from tests, themes, modules, etc.
- Set up Garland in contrib: http://drupal.org/project/garland
- If needed: Make sure that Seven meets full requirements for use as an admin theme & add sidebars if needed. (http://drupal.org/node/911054#comment-4852394, http://drupal.org/node/911054#comment-4852686).
- Build out a proper upgrade path. In documentation - pointing existing 7.x Garland users to the Garland theme in contrib. And making the actual upgrade path that removes any conflicts and copies the block layout as close as possible. (http://drupal.org/node/911054#comment-4837652) EDIT: Part of this has been done. The patch in #51 switches sites away from Garland if they are using it.
This issue still needs a bit of review of from core maintainers (eg Dries, Webchick)<-?. It would be good to hear from them as to how they want to the upgrade path to work. We have a working patch to remove the theme and its dependencies. We just need guidance on how they want to proceed with these other steps.
User interface changes
The only change in interface or functionality will be removing the Garland theme from core. The upgrade path switches users of Garland to Bartik.
Some of the Color module tests depended on Garland. They now use Bartik instead.
Original report by Jeff Burnz
Posted by Jeff Burnz on September 14, 2010 at 12:52pm
"Garland has lived through 3 major versions of Drupal and was first debuted in Jan 2007. By the time D8 ships Garland will be at least 5 years old (if not more). I think the time has come for Garland to step aside quietly into the abyss of contrib and make way for some new exciting themes in D8.