Quote Originally Posted by Hirager View Post
Not exactly "old and ugly". It's about the integrity. We are used to uniform look of applications, so anything with custom UI plainly stands out, which is not always the good characteristic. It is going to be open source, so go for the third option - multi-UI. You write the interface you love to see done and let anybody else to come up with the integrating interfaces. If you do it the right way, your own UI could be adapted rather than creating a new one from scratch.
Skype on Windows doesn't have anything related to native looking UI and everyone likes the custom UI they made. Linux users always say they want on Linux the UI that is on Windows. They made on Linux an almost native looking UI... Custom UIs gives you power.