There’s nothing that says "personalized" like having your own unique desktop wallpaper. If you run Windows or the Macintosh OS, there is a small collection that comes with installation. Some people will take pictures of family and put it on your computer and use that.
That’s OK, but…
When you think that you’re talking about an operating system contributed to and driven by some of the most talented folks on the planet, it should come as no surprise that some incredible digital artists and photographers contribute or otherwise make their efforts available – free, of course – to the Ubuntu community.
In a standard installation package, there is a nice collection to choose from. They’re considered the best of the best but certainly, there are other places to get incredible imagery.
A couple of exemplary sites for images are:
My very first Ubuntu desktop image came in release 9.04. It’s called the Firefox Nebula.
It actually was the desktop wallpaper for a long time, surviving various updates to my computer system – unitl 11.10 came along. There was one image there that really caught my fancy.
It’s a picture of Dybbølsbro Station in Copenhagen. I think that what intrigued me about this, or any great artwork, is that I can look at it many times and still see something unique in it. This background survived the upgrade to 12.04. I just really like the image.
If you’re looking to spruce up your desktop, no matter what operating system you use, don’t limit yourself to what came with the computer. Take a look around, including the links above, and you just might find something beautiful for inspiration or just plain decoration!
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Ever been told that you should fully discharge your battery to prolong its life? Or that jailbreaking your phone is illegal? Or that you should wait for the newest Intel processor because it’s going to be “so much faster”? These are tech myths we hear all the time, and likely spread to our friends—but most are just a waste of your time (and in some cases, they can actually harm your gadgets). Here are some of the worst offenders.
The Secret Teacher writes an honest letter home | Teacher Network Blog | Guardian Professional
The letter that can’t be sent to your pupils’ parents is published here: “I’m part of the this system. And I had to confess”
With whom do you learn? « What Ed Said
With whom do you learn?
Is America Becoming an “Idiocracy?” | The Creativity Post
We are taught to think reproductively, not productively.
Reminder: Mastery and Performance are NOT the Same Thing [Slide] – The Tempered Radical
Over the course of the past week, I’ve been wrestling with one simple question: Are the grading practices in our schools too far gone to be fixed?
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Polly: A Fast, Customizable Native Twitter Client [Linux]
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