When comparing Elegance Colors vs adapta-gtk-theme, the Slant community recommends adapta-gtk-theme for most people. In the question“What are the best Gnome Shell themes?” adapta-gtk-theme is ranked 2nd while Elegance Colors is ranked 8th.
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Pro PPA for Ubuntu
There is a PPA available for Ubuntu users, which makes installing a breeze.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:satyajit-happy/themes sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-theme-elegance-colors
Pro Changes color
Elegance Colors can change it's Gnome Shell theme colors in accordance to the users GTK them, wallpaper or a user defined color.
Pro Follows the material design guidelines
Pro Easy installation on Ubuntu
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tista/adapta
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install adapta-gtk-theme
Pro Most complete theme
It styles every nook and cranny of the OS UI, even the ugly Java apps look beautiful using this theme.
Pro Real dark theme
Not only looks good, but really accelerates work on desktop.
The theme project has been abandoned and there has been no activity for the past two years (the last commit was in May 2015).
Con More involved to set up than other themes
Users need to run a command to run a process in the background for the theme to work correctly, which may be more involved than what users are typically looking for in a theme.
Con Doesn't work
Doesn't install and doesn't work.
Con No debian support