What wallpaper are you using right now?

Show me your desktop. What wallpaper are you using right now?

About Máirín Duffy

Máirín is a principal interaction designer at Red Hat. She is passionate about software freedom and free & open source tools, particularly in the creative domain: her favorite application is Inkscape. You can read more from Máirín on her blog at blog.linuxgrrl.com.


92 thoughts on “What wallpaper are you using right now?

  1. To answer my own question, I’m using the default Fedora 10 wallpaper, but have been known to also sport the pink Django pony wallpaper on occasion…🙂

    Posted by mairin | January 21, 2009, 8:29 pm
  2. I use a solid blue. However, it’s 100% covered most of the time. I never minimize windows, only shuffle them around. I don’t use multiply workspaces either.

    Posted by zaitcev | January 21, 2009, 8:54 pm
  3. re: What wallpaper are you using right now?

    the best grass wallpaper I could find


    Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009, 8:55 pm
  4. I’m using the default Fedora 10 wallpaper… under Fedora 9😛

    Posted by ivazquez | January 21, 2009, 9:03 pm
  5. Solid grey.

    Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009, 9:04 pm
  6. Solid color


    Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009, 9:05 pm
  7. The default vertical gradient.:/

    Posted by jkkm | January 21, 2009, 9:06 pm
  8. Jo Chen’s Willow

    From the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8” graphic novels:


    Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009, 9:11 pm
  9. Solar at 1600×1200

    and I totally dig it.

    Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009, 9:14 pm
  10. We had this thread a while ago on the french forum, there are 49 pages of Desktop screenshots:




    Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009, 9:17 pm
  11. Rotate my wallpaper every 30 minutes

    I download various images from Astronomy Picture of the Day and use them as backgrounds with various other things that I snarf. I used to have a different desktop per window but the window managers don’t seem to support that as nicely as they used to. I have wallpaper-tray rotate through them so I get something different whenever a desktop is free. Otherwise it rotates various images I have snarfed (the other big one is ICF ones that were done a while back.)

    Does that help?

    I am adding the pink ponies to my rotation so that I can send it to people who ask me for the impossible.

    Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009, 9:22 pm
    • Re: Rotate my wallpaper every 30 minutes

      Can you tell me which one you have displaying right now, or a recent one that you really like?

      Posted by mairin | January 21, 2009, 9:40 pm
  12. It depends on webilder🙂 http://www.webilder.org

    Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009, 9:29 pm
  13. Wallpaporz

    I’m using this on my Eee PC: http://molaora.com/index.php/photos/album/4/photo/68.html

    And this on my primary desktop computer: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Artwork/F10Themes/InvinXble#Wallpaper:

    Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009, 9:31 pm
  14. escher paranoia

    http://www.mcescher.net/target37.html, tiled🙂.

    Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009, 9:47 pm
  15. I’m using the default Fedora 10 wallpaper.

    My screen tends to be filled with apps, so I don’t usually see it often enough to care about changing it.

    Posted by wakko | January 21, 2009, 9:54 pm
  16. I’m using my own photo with small GNOME logo on it: http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Sunflower?content=78290

    But what probably is much more interesting for you is located here: http://informationisart.com/desktop/

    Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009, 9:56 pm
  17. My 4-year-old daughter ordered me to use
    file:///usr/share/backgrounds/images/flowers_and_leaves.jpg🙂 But default F10 Solar theme sneaks in sometimes

    Posted by mcepl | January 21, 2009, 9:57 pm
  18. At work, I’m using a picture I’m making that’s currently in progress:
    this is in the hopes that it will inspire me to actually finish it someday😉

    At home, I have this picture as my background:
    because it amuses me so!

    Posted by superlib | January 21, 2009, 10:00 pm
  19. Hilltop View by someone named phil2001.

    It was posted on InterfaceLIFT a few days ago.

    Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009, 10:19 pm
  20. I normally use wallpapers from one of my three favorite wallpaper sources: InterfaceLIFT, KDE-Look.org or the Fedora Art Team…there’s lots of really cool wallpapers IMHO🙂 and there’s always something new if I need something different🙂

    Right now:
    #1: http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php/Magic+Garden?content=85632
    #2: http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper_beta/details/1415/leeds_castle_grounds.html
    #3: F10 default theme🙂

    Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009, 10:24 pm
  21. What wallpaper?

    Nice question! I also use wallpaper-tray to randomise my desktop wallpaper at each login – right now I’m looking at a panorama I stitched together using Hugin.

    The picture is of the openplan workspace were I used to work. It has a nice feel for the space, and most people happened to be sitting still while I took the snaps, but there is one pair of disembodied feet walking towards the camera, and my manager is aiming a Nerf gun at me *8)

    ps. found this on your Gnome feed…

    Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009, 10:27 pm
  22. My current desktop

    Here below is my current desktop, enjoy😉



    Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009, 10:33 pm
  23. The default KDE 4.2 wallpaper, which I think is so pretty I put it on my Windows install as well.

    Posted by ww_macgyver_do | January 21, 2009, 10:44 pm
  24. Wallpaper

    I’ve used the default Ubuntu Ibex wallpaper for some time, but lately I’ve changed it to this beautiful photo:


    Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009, 10:58 pm
  25. Simple

    http://www.kryogenix.org/days/2009/01/09/how-my-desktop-looks — very simple Ubuntu brown wallpaper I made (the background colour of which I plan to bleed onto the bezel surrounding the screen of my laptop).

    Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009, 11:40 pm
  26. Garrets photos – this one ATM


    Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009, 11:52 pm
  27. http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper_beta/details/1324/new_york_city_by_paulo_barcellos_jr..html

    I use this on all my PC’s. Absolutely love it.

    Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009, 12:48 am
    • Very cool. It definitely gives a nice feeling of depth, but it’s dark and muted so I can see how it wouldn’t be too distracting, either.

      Posted by mairin | January 23, 2009, 8:33 pm
  28. I’m with Zaitcev

    I’m with Zaitcev – solid blue, because I never see it.

    There’s a Mandriva forum ‘show off your desktop’ thread here:


    I’d expect the Ubuntu forums would have one too, if you look.

    Posted by adamwill | January 22, 2009, 12:52 am
  29. Hi, sorry for depressive pictures, but i like this:)

    My wallpaper: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3498/3216070333_e5acc60d58_o.jpg
    My desktop: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3428/3216917544_1d75b425a9_o.png

    Picture from northern ural. It’s russian railway:)

    Posted by moose_kazan | January 22, 2009, 1:20 am
  30. Custom desktop using a fractal I created a while ago: http://img211.imageshack.us/img211/7929/deskoh5.jpg

    Posted by fusa42 | January 22, 2009, 1:32 am
  31. Wallpaper

    I’ve got a neat picture I took from near where I grew up. This is an old “short line” railroad track that runs as far as the eye can see.


    Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009, 3:25 am
  32. It’s my latest deviantart submission

    Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009, 3:52 am
  33. I’m currently using this wallpaper called LHBlissful.bmp. No idea where it originally came from; I received it via email after seeing it in a screenshot on DeviantArt and asking the poster where he got it from.

    Here is a link to my reupload, conveniently converted to high quality JPEG.

    Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009, 4:50 am
  34. I use this:

    I had previously a tasteful-but-scantily-clad pic of Velma from Scooby-Doo. You can email me if you want that one, I’ll spare your readers.


    Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009, 5:42 am
  35. For F8 and F9 I stayed with the default wallpaper, but I can’t stand Solar due to a technical glitch (the sun does not look 3D, but like a circle with beveled edges, not sure if that was so since the beginning or was added in the clean-up process with the replacement of the moon photo).

    So right now I use some self-made photos (close-up of dead roses on the desktop and fireworks on the laptop). But most of the time the wallpaper is covered by windows, so it does not really matter.

    BTW, I saw this asked a few times and don’t know the answer myself: how can one change the GDM wallpaper so it fit the desktop wallpaper? you know, for a really smooth translation from GDM to desktop.

    Posted by nicubunulj | January 22, 2009, 7:31 am
    • Infinity FTW

      I’ve always used Fedora default backgrounds.

      But since F8, I kinda got stuck to Infinity.🙂

      Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009, 9:16 am
    • I’ll have to ask Ray since I’m not sure myself… one sec

      Posted by mairin | January 23, 2009, 6:46 pm
    • Nicu, Ray says that you have to run gnome-appearance-properties, choose the background that you want, then pick ‘set as default’ – whatever background is ‘set as default’ will be GDM’s background.

      Posted by mairin | January 23, 2009, 6:51 pm
      • thanks, it was so intuitive that I feel bad now for not noticing the button before… well, not *that* bad since I am not the only who didn’t notice the button, Andreas Nilsson was asking the same thing in #fedora-art and nobody had an answer :p

        but from an usability POV, that button looks like the best choice.

        Posted by nicubunulj | January 26, 2009, 6:59 am
  36. wallpaper

    xsetroot -solid black

    I never see my desktop anyway.

    Posted by dnivie | January 22, 2009, 9:24 am
  37. My desktop


    Zeeshan Ali (Khattak).

    Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009, 10:16 am
  38. Despite the small size/resolution for a 1440×900 screen, I’m still using a seven-year-old background


    I’ve attempted to contact the creator a couple times over the years since then asking for the source files or a significantly higher-resolution version (ideally with a much larger aspect ratio), but no dice. Even with the necessary stretching for my screen’s resolution and aspect ratio, however, I have always loved this background, especially for how little it distracts from the contents of the desktop. I was on a big Star Wars theming kick at the time I selected this, trying at least a dozen different backgrounds, even some truly garish ones derived from posters. Those backgrounds might have worked as posters, but they were too visually busy to work as a desktop background that shouldn’t distract from the icons on it. After much experimentation this was the only background I found that was Star Wars-functional yet not eye-catching, and I’ve stuck with it every since. I did try to use an Apple background in OS X once, but even with the better quality and fit for my screen, I had to go back to this one.

    Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009, 11:03 am
    • Re: Despite the small size/resolution for a 1440×900 screen, I’m still using a seven-year-old backgr

      (By the way, that was Jeff Walden who posted the parent comment of this; I simply forgot to identify myself, as is my usual custom on blog posts whose comments don’t easily allow for structured self-identification.)

      Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2009, 5:35 am
  39. Ask and ye shall receive!


    Only using the wallpaper cuz it matched icons I wanted to use.🙂


    Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009, 12:49 pm
  40. My Wallpaper

    From, Dave Richards from City of Largo.


    Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009, 1:50 pm
  41. I made a big collage of various pictures of my two sons that spans my 1920×1200+1600×1200 dual monitor setup. I usually use pictures of them or other photos I’ve taken for wall papers on all my systems.

    Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009, 4:33 pm
  42. background


    This is my daughter, wearing my Fedora cap (she steals it from me every time she sees it), and the MIT “Smart Cookie” t-shirt I picked up last summer at FUDConF10 Boston.

    Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009, 5:11 pm
  43. My wallpaper

    This is my new wallpaper just found it a couple days ago!

    Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2009, 1:55 am
    • Re: My wallpaper

      that’s gorgeous! it reminds me of a photographic version of AA Milne’s winnie the pooh artwork…

      Posted by mairin | January 23, 2009, 8:29 pm
  44. Background image

    I am using the following 3360×1050 background:


    Desktops need some more dual wide-screen monitor love🙂

    Oh, and mihmo, keep up the great graphics work.

    Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2009, 3:17 am
    • Re: Background image

      wow, that’s quite nice, it’s got a lot of depth to it too!

      thanks for the nice comments about my work🙂

      Posted by mairin | January 23, 2009, 8:24 pm
  45. What wallpaper are you using right now?

    This photo of Fay Wray



    Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2009, 2:00 pm
  46. most ppl don’t like my background


    …besides i’m not sure of the redistribution terms.

    Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2009, 3:10 pm
  47. my background

    I’ve been using this for a year or something. I think Lennart Pottering took it.
    – Andreas Nilsson

    Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2009, 4:34 pm
  48. http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/1787/200901231916442704x1050ep8.png – i like dark, non distracting wallpapers. It’s here just because on solid color my terminals slip and crash =P

    Posted by thestalwart | January 23, 2009, 5:25 pm
  49. notes from Danial:

    In response to your email (from the art team mailing list) and survey,
    whereas I really do enjoy most of the default artwork created for
    fedora, I usually change the theme and wallpapers almost immediately. Normally I either use photos or graphics I have created myself.

    My current wallpaper selection(s) on F10 are derived from these shots:


    These, however, are subject to change depending on whether or not I good
    any decent shots from the latest weekend jaunt. 😉


    On a more serious note, my work machine, is a simple vertical gradient
    due to the number of icons I keep on the workspace.

    Posted by mairin | January 23, 2009, 8:23 pm
  50. Former Windows User

    Former windows user here.. I’ve been using the default wallpaper on every Fedora release. Funny, I cannot stand the default Windows wallpaper, and I’ve not found a better Fedora wallpaper. I think the artwork group does a phenomenal job.

    I have never liked busy, detracting wallpaper.

    Posted by pchoppin | January 23, 2009, 10:19 pm
  51. I also use the Solar wallpaper. It looks awesome. I have never seen such a nice artwork anywhere.

    Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2009, 6:01 pm
  52. I also use Solar wallpaper. It looks awesome. I have never seen such a nice art work ever.

    Posted by rahmanangel | January 30, 2009, 6:16 pm
  53. i normally have all wallpapers at ‘~/.backgrounds’, and have a python script which runs at startup and gets one randomly from there

    Posted by nitrofurano | August 11, 2010, 4:20 pm

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