Wallpaper survey

Paul W. Frields stickster at gmail.com
Fri Jan 23 17:03:22 UTC 2009

On Fri, Jan 23, 2009 at 11:26:17AM -0500, Máirín Duffy wrote:
> Hey folks,
> In case you didn't catch it on planet Fedora, I have been
> running an informal survey of the desktop backgrounds folks
> are using (getting responses from both Fedora and GNOME
> community members.)
> I've gotten a LOT of replies, check them out:
> http://mihmo.livejournal.com/68292.html
> So far as I've been able to read through them, they seem to
> fit into 3 categories:
> - #1 stick with the default (distro default or desktop env
> default) or flat solid color
> - #2 personalized no matter what (photos they took
> themselves or photos of family members) or a photo of an
> interest hobby (racecars, bikes, hometown, etc)
> - #3 beautiful pictures of nature, usually with some depth
> So I think as we are still thinking about our approach to
> F11, we should think about these wallpapers that folks are
> actually using and try to create something that they will
> like having as their desktop background as much as possible.
> #2 would be impossible for us to do, but #3 we can most
> certainly do.
> Looking at it this way, maybe for the wallpaper we could
> have a beautiful landscape with maybe some Grecian elements,
> maybe ruins of Grecian columns or a garden stylized in a
> Grecian way (maybe with some sculpture) and maybe we could
> follow the Golden Mean in laying out the elements of the image.
> What do you think?

I really like that we're asking users to tell us what they do with
their desktop backgrounds, and using that to inform how we deliver
something they'll like (and hopefully use).  Great idea!

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