The chosen theme
At last week’s design team meeting, we made a decision about the direction of the overall theme for Fedora 14’s artwork, which will affect – among other things – the default wallpaper. We decided on Kyle Baker’s submission, a Blender-created mockup depicting many lines coming together to form a solid figure, to serve as the basis of the visual concept of Fedora 14.
There’s a couple of reasons why this theme relates to Fedora 14:
- First, the codename for Fedora 14 is ‘Laughlin’. This is after Robert Laughlin, the 1998 Nobel Prize winner in physics for the fractional quantum Hall effect research he did. Laughlin argues for a concept called ‘emergence’ which states: “The whole is more than the sum of its parts.” Kyle’s proposal shows many separate lines coming together that, when you step back, forms a solid shape as well, relating to Laughlin’s concept of emergence.
- Secondly, Fedora is a kind of a single object – a Linux-based operating system aggregating many individual open source projects and work. A whole of many parts. Fedora is also a community made up of many individuals from all over the world working together in an open manner. So the concept also relates to what Fedora itself is and is all about!
Now that we’ve got a decision on our direction, we’re ramping up to polish it in time for Fedora 14. That’s where you come in. :)
We need your help!
Now that we’ve made our decision, the Fedora design team needs your help in making Fedora 14’s artwork awesome!
Our deadline for turning this conceptual art into a polished alpha wallpaper is July 27th. Help us get there by giving us your feedback on the F14 artwork feedback wiki page, the Fedora Design Team mailing list, or even the comments section of this blog post. Later on, for Fedora 14 beta, we’ll be creating splashes and other artwork for this theme, but right now we’re focusing on our first task, the alpha wallpaper.
Supplemental wallpapers are wallpapers that are made available to Fedora users but are not turned on by default.
- Do you take a fancy to one of the other Fedora 14 default wallpaper concept submissions? Suggest it as a supplemental wallpaper!
- Take an amazing abstract photo you think would make a great Fedora 14 background? Submit it!
- See an awesome Fedora-friendly licensed piece of digital art and want it considered? Suggest it!
Fab’s gonna chime in later on with a blog post with more details on the supplemental wallpapers, so look for it – but no excuses! You can submit now! :)
Are you an awesome artist looking to get involved in free & open source software, or even an old hand at FLOSS? All the sources for our wallpaper concept are available – what are you waiting for? The core of the image is a model Kyle built using Blender, the incredible open-source 3D tool. Crack it open and try your hand at iterating the design!
Onward to Alpha!
Remember kids, we’re working towards having a heart-stoppingly amazing wallpaper ready by July 27th so it can ship in Fedora 14 alpha. (We need to succeed, or else happy cat will start frowning! You wouldn’t want to see that, would you?!?) In Fedora, we pride ourselves on practicing what we preach and creating our designs and artwork just as openly as the software in our distribution, as an open community effort! Come join us and be a part of the fun!
By the way, we had a lot of awesome proposals on the table for Fedora 14, including a proposal by our very first design bounty ninja Jef van Schendel. Let us know which ones you would like as supplemental wallpapers for F14!
Robert Laughlin photo credit: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service from Wikimedia Commons, used under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.