Options theme is not dead! I know this is an antiquity, but a great one. Compared to other current themes it is always "on the top".
So I firstly realised a dark child theme for my site and now a new clear one called "Blue Laggon". You can switch the differents themes with the switcher in the sidebar. I use a widgetised footer inspired by "davek" (X-Factor). And of course with WP 2.8!