Ubuntu’s Wallpaper- Seriously, Canonical?

by Ken

I’m really disappointed in Ubuntu 12.04’s wallpaper. Admittedly wallpapers are no big deal, but, seriously, Canonical?

I’ve never been a big fan of Ubuntu’s choice of default wallpapers. Ubuntu 10.04 wasn’t TOO bad, Ubuntu 10.10 was OK…but this is just plain ugly.

I mean like, really? Really, Ubuntu? So, here’s the recent choices from Ubuntu, thanks to OMG! Ubuntu for making this GIF>

SERIOUSLY, Ubuntu probably has the worst taste of all the Linux distributions in wallpaper selection. The past few releases have all used this ugly gradient of purple and orange, and changed its lighting slightly. I never thought Ubuntu 10.10’s wallpapers was a good choice (and certainly not 11.04 or 11.10 for that matter) but this is just downright ugly.

First, the orange color is too bright. Second, it’s just bad design. Third, no one wants to look at that kind of colors for a long time. Ubuntu’s default wallpaper is just asking to be changed within 5 seconds of logging in.

And Canonical’s designers must think that the ugly purple-orange gradient thing is ultimate beauty, or they wouldn’t use this for so many releases. But no, it is NOT a good design AT ALL. Really. Canonical wants more users for Ubuntu. Just this default background would put them off.

You might say that wallpapers aren’t important, because they’re so easy to change. But no, it’s the first impression that matters. And anyway, is designing a halfway good-looking wallpaper too much to ask for?

I don’t really like completely thrashing something like this on this blog. But this is just…stupid.

What do you think? Do you like it, or do you think it’s just another bad design?