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How is the default wallpaper determined? [closed]

asked 2012-06-02 00:16:33 -0500

Benjamin gravatar image

updated 2012-06-14 02:10:03 -0500

mether gravatar image

Yep, I asked the question. I am not one of the wallpaper freaks who think a good wallpaper is what makes a good OS, then post a screenshot of his desktop on some forum.

The wallpaper, in the end, is not a big deal, you can change it as soon as the OS's running. However:

  • The wallpaper somehow is the advertisement banner of the OS. In some measure people get to know an OS by the look of its desktop, populated mainly by its wallpaper. The first impression counts, and a low quality wallpaper is a loss for Fedora;
  • Gnome Shell, the default DE of Fedora, uses the default wallpaper for its GDM, which is quite hard to change. Not every single user is able / willing to take the time to change the wallpaper with some hacking in the Terminal. So the choice of wallpaper is all the more important.

Finally, there are piles of good artists on e.g. deviant art, that would be more than happy to provide Fedora with an amazing default wallpaper. So why not make use of this talent?

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Closed for the following reason too subjective and argumentative by ryanlerch
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answered 2012-06-13 13:16:39 -0500

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updated 2012-06-13 13:27:28 -0500

The design team has the vote on what wallpapers are chosen, many of us are on DeviantArt and yes there is a ton of talent there, but they need to be members of the design team or contribute, the team doesnt just pick random wallpapers over the internet. Now I agree that the wallpaper especially for those using Gnome and GDM or first seeing Fedora is a huge part of the first impression, but if you have ideas for the wallpaper im sure the comunity is allowed to pitch them after all fedora is community driven.

Might I ask the question of whats so wrong with it? I did not make it but I would like to see your opinion of why its so horrid.

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Fedora has a open process and everyone can contribute wallpapers. This is advertised every release cycle including another round for extra wallpapers. You can find all the details at

mether gravatar imagemether ( 2012-06-13 16:12:37 -0500 )edit

answered 2012-06-13 14:01:18 -0500

duffy gravatar image

If you care, get involved with the design team. This isn't the appropriate forum to affect positive effect change on development - this is a support forum.

If you don't care enough about the issue to actually talk to the design team about it and work with them and help them, I don't understand why you wasted your time posting this question here except to be snarky.

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@Benjamin, May I kindly ask that you stop at this point? I agree with Mairin that wasn't really the best place but yet you have received the answers for the questions you asked. Let's leave it at that

mether gravatar imagemether ( 2012-06-14 02:08:08 -0500 )edit

answered 2012-06-03 03:47:38 -0500

misc gravatar image

updated 2012-06-14 02:13:27 -0500

mether gravatar image

I guess that if you can convince someone to do better, just join the proper group ( information on ), and just do the work.

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answered 2012-06-02 02:15:25 -0500

freax gravatar image

Fully agree with you ;) but changing the imagepath in this file


isnt that hard! ;)

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answered 2012-06-03 02:43:16 -0500

Robert Smol gravatar image

updated 2012-06-03 02:43:41 -0500

This did the trick for me.

sudo cp /usr/share/backgrounds/gnome/Stripes.jpg /usr/share/backgrounds/beefy-miracle/default/wide/beefy-miracle.png

sudo cp /usr/share/backgrounds/gnome/Stripes.jpg /usr/share/backgrounds/beefy-miracle/default/standard/beefy-miracle.png

sudo cp /usr/share/backgrounds/gnome/Stripes.jpg /usr/share/backgrounds/beefy-miracle/default/normalish/beefy-miracle.png

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answered 2012-06-13 15:50:16 -0500

Valent gravatar image

My guess is that they had to pull back from original Beefy Miracle desing in very short time and didn't have time to polish the design.

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