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Iain Farrell

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Here they are! Our lovely wallpapers for the 12.10 release of Ubuntu. Fine plumage I think you’ll agree! As you’ll have seen elsewhere on the web these landed in the release at the time of the freeze last week. A massive thanks to everyone who contributed, the standard was very high this time around, people really thought about their image choices. We’ve also managed to sneak one extra image into the package too, an illustrated Quetzal by popular demand ;) We got a lot of help, in particular I think it’s worth thanking the following people: At Canonical on the design side Otto and Cimi for casting a critical eye and Nick for reminding them to do so and Ken VanDine for packaging so beautifully and making sure they got into the release. In the wallpapers IRC channel Jakob Mühldorfer, Finn Sturdy, Robert Katzki and Fernando García looked over the images, tried to make the package smaller once we had a shortlist, experimented with image compression and followed up with emails late into the night. They also came back over following days to see if there was anything more they could do to help. For next cycle I would propose that we keep the open IRC channel to discuss images and impose a limited time for review, it helped us drive towards a solution and meant anyone interested could come in to help. I’d also like to investigate submission solutions for non Flickr users. This comes up every cycle and it would be great to have a place that people could contribute images to so if anyone reading this has the inclination and time to look into a solution, you’ve got 6 months. Drop me a note and let’s get cracking! :) You can view the 12.10 shortlist, a gallery on Flickr here, thanks again and here’s to an even better selection in 13.04!

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Iain Farrell

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12.10 shortlist, a gallery on Flickr.

Today the group closed on submissions for the 12.10 wallpaper selection. The team of us involved are still working to add/ remove and refine this collection before the 30th. We’ve got a few more than our 10 target, we’ll review this number tomorrow based on quality and what we can include.

Join us on #1210wallpaper on freenode to chat through this selection with us!

To everyone who has given up their evening to go through this, thanks!

Speak to you all tomorrow :)


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Iain Farrell

Trazo solitario by Julio Diliegros - on Flickr

Quantal is well on the way to being the great release we’ve come to expect from Ubuntu so it’s time to add to that sheen with a set of quality wallpapers from our fantastic community. This cycle we’re going to try to make the process better than before by setting out a clearer vision for what we think will make a great set.

Firstly we’re interested in quality not quantity so we’re going to limit ourselves to 10 images on the final CD. We’ll take submissions in the Flickr group as before and don’t forget we need your image licensed as CC by SA. Each Flickr user will be limited to 1 submission to the group so choose carefully!

Secondly I’ve been speaking to Otto, the Lead visual designer at Canonical, to help ensure that what we get feels at home on the desktop. The guidance we’ll follow when selecting images to go into the release is as follows:

  1. Images shouldn’t be busy and filled with too many shapes and colours, a similar tone throughout is a good rule of thumb
  2. They should have a single point of focus, a single area that draws the eye in
  3. We should avoid having anything on the left and top edges as this will clash with the interface elements of the Launcher and Panel
  4. Try your image at different aspect ratios to make sure something important isn’t cropped out on smaller/ larger screens

To shortlist from this collection, as usual, we’ll be going to the people whose images were selected last time around to help us choose the final 10. In doing this we’ll hold a series of public IRC meetings on #1210wallpaper to discuss the selection and in those sessions we’ll get the selection team to try out the images on their own Ubuntu machines to see what they look like on a range of displays and resolutions. Anyone’s welcome to come to these sessions but please bear in mind that an outcome is needed from the time that people are volunteering and there’s usually a lot of images to get through so we’d appreciate it if there isn’t too much additional debate.

The group’s open for submissions now and we’ll close it at 5pm on the 28th August 2012 to start going through the images.

So, get all your great summer photos out and as always ping me if you have any questions. I’ll be lurking in #1210wallpaper on freenode. I hope it’s been sunnier in places other than the UK!


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