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What Will openSUSE 13.2 Default Wallpaper Look Like?

May 22nd, 2014 by

Eppur si muove! Even though we sometimes feel there’s a sort of a standstill once first major bugs are fixed in a new release and it settles on our machine, that’s not the case by any viable metric. The openSUSE team works diligently on delivering a new release (openSUSE 13.2) ever since 13.1 was released, and among them, we find the artwork team, which is brainstorming the creation and subsequent selection of the new default wallpaper of the next openSUSE release (the awesome picture your desktop defaults to after installation).

Though this is just an initial brainstorming phase, there are a few hints to show us where the default wallpaper appearance is heading.

It all started with an e-mail on the artwork mailing list. As a true community should operate, Victor found a fan-made wallpaper, made by an Uruguayan designer on the local spanish-language openSUSE forum. He made it for the 13.1 release, and it looks like this:


Neat, right?

Soon the other mailing list members agreed it’s a nice suggestion, and started contributing their ideas. First it was suggested to remove the dot between the openSUSE logo and the version number, and later to remove the version number altogether. Right after that, the team got engaged in creating of a nice gradient for wallpaper’s base. It seems it will be a modern, a tad washed, but fresh green gradient which is mixed with a shade of blue:


That’s pretty much how far the team made it for now, since there’s still more then enough time and quite a number of tasks the artwork team needs to fulfill, but the things seem to be moving in the right way after two releases of not much change on the wallpaper and plymouth front.

However, you users also might have an idea, suggestion, or a template on how the wallpaper should look like, or maybe some general ideas. We kindly invite you to become part of the openSUSE community. Read through the artwork mailing list, join our Artwork Flickr community, or suggest artwork via the openSUSE PixelPool.

Or, just wait for awesome geeko’s good looks to amaze you come the beginning of winter. And remember…

…have a lot of fun!

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17 Responses to “What Will openSUSE 13.2 Default Wallpaper Look Like?”

  1. I heard my name??

  2. Nenad Latinović

    Who else? :) :D

  3. user

    Will the autoyast installation actually work?
    Does NFS4 work without ugly gssd bugs?
    Can you actually use the OS in a productive environment?
    Are the raid devices named properly by installer?
    In other words: There may be more important problems than the color of the wallpaper…

    Apart from that: I like the new gradient ;)

    • jmsz

      will amd radeon fglrx leave kde panel with default style still translucent? (amd is opensuse sponsor, right?)?
      will grub2 leave windows entry (i’m not only user of my computer at home) default after any update process?
      or will it be possible install grub instead of grub2 without complete destroing mbr? (lost few hours to fix it, fortunatelly i’ve got laptop also)

    • jm_sz

      and i hope, icons on taskbar/taskman will be scaling (now then don’t)

  4. I’ve been a daily user since ’97, starting with slackware, but this learning curve is slightly less that the one for win95.0.

  5. Very nice wallpaper. I would suggest a tweak, though. Try cropping it like this:


  6. ferri

    OK. Wallpaper is resolved.
    And what will be with the default font and its settings in KDE?

  7. Joseph

    Is it too late to use this for the loading screen?


  8. or suggest artwork via the openSUSE PixelPool.

    That link goes to a page that has a link to “… this page has been deleted” and has other links that go nowhere.

  9. Nenad Latinović

    Hey Gerry. It opens it normally for me :/

  10. Thomas

    Just a personal opinion: The contrast between light and dark areas is too strong for my taste. It detracts from the important things on the desktop – plasmoids or windows.

    • llaen

      @Thomas I second that. The original design seems much better for a wallpaper than the new one.

  11. WTF

    That is a nasty, eye-piercing, ugly piece of crap.

  12. farhad faramarzi

    hi . why you use Black Color in Wallpaper ? very ugly

  13. John Moore

    I would like to see the SuSE Dragon with the green suse globe brought back on that Gradient Green back ground.