December 18, 2012

New Wallpaper Coming For KDE 4.10 And Kubuntu 13.04

Today over on the #kubuntu-devel channel in IRC, it was announced that a new wallpaper for the upcoming KDE 4.10 has been released. Based on the feedback we had been getting from the KDE Community, this will be a welcome change from Ariya, which had been shipping as the default wallpaper for the last few releases.

The new wallpaper brings a lot more color to the table, which was the biggest complaint we heard regarding Ariya. No more grey and grey-blue here. The new wallpaper, while predominantly KDE-esque blue, brings aquamarine and shades of purple to the mix as well. The result is a pleasantly bright and much more energetic feeling wallpaper.

Although most people change the default wallpaper as one of the first things they do upon a new Kubuntu install in order to start the cherished process of personalizing one's computing experience, it simply can not be argued that good first impressions are important. Let's just chalk it up to human nature. Another thought that came to mind when thinking about the new wallpaper is that it goes much better with the overall look of a Ubuntu-type wallpaper, although this is not orange and any resemblance to Ubuntu's sense of style is certainly not intended.

So KDE 4.10 is bringing new Themes, icons, and a new wallpaper. I have to say so far I like the new direction. Kudos for the KDE Artwork Team for stepping up their game. 

So without further ado, here's the new wallpaper:

New Wallpaper Coming For KDE 4.10 And Kubuntu 13.04
Kubuntu 13.04 With The New Look

Like it? Like the old one better? Please share your thoughts on the new visuals in the comments below.

Here's a link to the full-size image, in case you want to get a jump on making your desktop look like you're running KDE 4.10 already (i.e. you impatient types):