Who created the default Ubuntu wallpaper? I mean the wallpaper displayed at this link. It is beautiful and I am curious: was it Mark Shuttleworth himself?

  • Looks like a mix of the 10.XX wallpaper and the 11.xx, add to that the purple at the far right. Apr 2, 2012 at 18:46

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I think it's a worf of the Canonical Design Team Blog.

Update: Now that i've read a little, i believe Canonical held some sort of contest where users could contribute with artwork, Wallpaper competition i believe, and maybe some user won and got his wallpaper published.

You can read more here:

  • The wallpaper contest ones are in addition to the default wallpaper. Apr 2, 2012 at 16:12

The default wallpapers in Ubuntu since 10.04 have been made by Otto Greenslade (Portfolio).

Prior to 10.04, the wallpapers were mostly created by Ken Wimer (Blog). I say "mostly" because my memory is a bit hazy if he created every single older wallpaper, but he was the designer of the wallpapers prior to 10.04.

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