Kubuntu Gutsy wallpaper discussion

Michael D. Stemle, Jr. manchicken at notsosoft.net
Thu Aug 16 19:51:12 BST 2007

On Thursday 16 August 2007 09:52:43 Martin Böhm wrote:
> Thank you all very much for your comments and ideas.
> 1. It seems that the main problem with our artwork lies in the tiny
> (perhaps non-existent?) Kubuntu art community. Michael (manchicken)
> expressed it very nicely. We like shiny, but we are developers with
> little or no expertise in artwork design. We can probably decide if
> the new artwork is an improvement or not, but we (at least I do) lack
> the skill to create innovative graphic artwork.
> I think we should try to find/create a "core" of such Kubuntu art
> community - a group of two or three people who are able to design
> artwork (and build up on the artwork that Ken started). Kubuntu is a
> community project (perhaps even a bit more so than Ubuntu is), so
> there is really room for such community "artworkers".
> What do you think? If you agree with me, what should we do in order to
> find those Kubuntu art volunteers? There is plenty of ideas, like
> mailing the ubuntu-art mailing list, or asking at the forums,
> kubuntu-users mailing lists and so on.
> 2. I like the idea of adding the default wallpaper in different
> colours (or other wallpapers from kde-look.org) into the Kubuntu
> wallpaper collection. I hope it will be technically possible to get
> them into Kubuntu yet.
> Martin
> 2007/8/16, Dave Thacker <dthacker9 at cox.net>:
> > On Wednesday 15 August 2007 05:56, Martin Böhm wrote:
> > > Dear List,
> > > the feature freeze is getting closer, so I spent a moment thinking
> > > about non-development stuff a bit, namely the current Kubuntu Gutsy
> > > wallpaper.
> > >
> > > I think the pattern in it is not a bad one, but the colour used is not
> > > really good for daily use. I think it's too bright. I would really go
> > > for a darker shade of blue or another similar colour.
> > >
> > > I'm not an art expert, so I think the best way to find out whether the
> > > people will (dis)like the background is to ask them. So I'd like to
> > > ask you:
> > >
> > > What do you think about the current wallpaper?
> >
> > I actually like it a bit lighter.   If'm outvoted that won't stop me from
> > using Kubuntu. :)   I'm also in favor of some widescreen wallpaper.
> >
> > Dave Thacker
> > Admin, Ubuntu Nebraska Loco Team
> >
> >
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I propose an artwork bounty.  A pre-determined number of $10 bounties for good 
wallpaper that gets included by a panel of judges.  I think that'd be neat, 
and if folks like that idea, then I'd like to be the first to put up for one 
of those bounties.  I'll commit to paying two such bounties.

In the GNU Manifesto--not necessarily the greatest philosophical work of all 
time, but certainly a relevent one in this case--RMS describes a system of 
bounties that could encourage further development where some isn't already 
taking place.  I think if we announced a series of bounties then we could 
very likely attract some new talent.  I for one am willing to put my money 
where my mouth is on this one.

If we don't agree to this, maybe a handful of folks would be willing to go and 
purchase the rights to have the works (A)GPL'ed and submitted for inclusion.

I think we've all pretty much agreed that SVG is the way we want to have the 
art included.

Okay, enough of me talking.  Feedback?

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