I don’t know about you, but according to my ‘senses’, when it comes to artwork in the GNU/Linux platform, Fedora rocks! (and Linux Mint too) :D. Though Ubuntu too ain’t that bad at all, and according to Mark, the upcoming 12.10 will probably come with a new theme set as well.
And before each release, there’s a wallpaper contest (aka ‘Ubuntu Community wallpaper contest’) from which the default wallpapers that will be shipped with Ubuntu are chosen. Ubuntu usually mix it up, and as a result you get a bunch of wallpapers that you’re gonna love and hate :D.
Anyway, after being fed up seeing the same old wallpapers that come with the latest 12.04 version, I installed/downloaded the now ‘old’ wallpapers that came with the Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid.
Mainly because it’s been a while since I last used them, some actually started to look really beautiful (also brought back few nice memories too!). And few, even blended better than the ones included in the 12.04 release with the default ‘Ambiance’ theme as well.
Not just the 10.04 version, by using the usual ‘apt-get’ did you know that you can always get the official wallpapers that came with old Ubuntu versions easily?
Getting them is pretty easy. For each set of wallpapers you enter a different command, and they’ll be downloaded into the ‘/usr/share/backgrounds’ and will be automatically listed in the desktop background changing window in Unity/Gnome.
For Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-wallpapers-karmic
For getting Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx wallpaper pack:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-wallpapers-lucid
For getting Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat pack:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-wallpapers-maverick
For 11.04 Natty Narwhal pack:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-wallpapers-natty
For getting the 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot pack (or forget it, have had enough of that Gayan!). Well, if you change your mind, then use the below command ;-):
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-wallpapers-oneiric
After the download completes, as mentioned above, you can use them from the desktop wallpaper changer in Unity. Enjoy!.