Essential theme’s stable version 2.9.1 has been released for Moodle 2.9 by the current Maintainer Gareth J Barnard.
Essential theme which has been termed as the Safest theme in the Moodle forums, is a very popular theme and many site administrators are eagerly waiting for the release of a stable version so that they can upgrade their Moodle sites to Moodle 2.9 version.

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Acc. to the release notes, the changes in the new version  2.9.1 are:
- FIX: Issue #541: PHP Fatal error: Class 'theme_essential\\theme_config' not found in /classes/toolbox.php on line 447.
- FIX: Issue #543: Alternative colors: box borders remain in standard color.
- FIX: Issue #544: Alternative colors: background hover always black in standard color scheme.
- FIX: Issue #547: Alternative colors: background hover on the frontpage.
- FIX: Issue #548: Slideshow: slidebuttoncolor does not have an effect.
- FIX: Issue #550: Breadcrumb menu "eaten away" when tighter window.
- FIX: Issue #552: Alternative colors: layer in mobile layout with wrong color.
- FIX: Tweak collapsed navbar menu.
- FIX: Availability dialogue messed up.
- FIX: Editing button icon.
- FIX: RTL fixes in alternative colours.
- FIX: Tab colour fixes for default and alternative colours.
- FIX: Button colour fixes for default and alternative colours.
- FIX: Collapsed menu layout.
- NEW: Fourth alternative colour scheme.  Thanks to Christian Niemczik for supporting and funding the work on the Essential Theme.
You can download the latest version of the Essential theme from the Moodle Plugins database from this link:
Thank you Gareth for keeping this theme as the best and the safest theme available for Moodle.
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