12.10 wallpaper selection finalised

05Sep12
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Here they are! Our lovely wallpapers for the 12.10 release of Ubuntu. Fine plumage I think you’ll agree! As you’ll have seen elsewhere on the web these landed in the release at the time of the freeze last week. A massive thanks to everyone who contributed, the standard was very high this time around, people really thought about their image choices. We’ve also managed to sneak one extra image into the package too, an illustrated Quetzal by popular demand ;) We got a lot of help, in particular I think it’s worth thanking the following people:

At Canonical on the design side Otto and Cimi for casting a critical eye and Nick for reminding them to do so and Ken VanDine for packaging so beautifully and making sure they got into the release.

In the wallpapers IRC channel Jakob Mühldorfer, Finn Sturdy, Robert Katzki and Fernando García looked over the images, tried to make the package smaller once we had a shortlist, experimented with image compression and followed up with emails late into the night. They also came back over following days to see if there was anything more they could do to help.

For next cycle I would propose that we keep the open IRC channel to discuss images and impose a limited time for review, it helped us drive towards a solution and meant anyone interested could come in to help. I’d also like to investigate submission solutions for non Flickr users. This comes up every cycle and it would be great to have a place that people could contribute images to so if anyone reading this has the inclination and time to look into a solution, you’ve got 6 months. Drop me a note and let’s get cracking! :)

You can view the 12.10 shortlist, a gallery on Flickr here, thanks again and here’s to an even better selection in 13.04!

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