No lie, the latest daily builds of Ubuntu 23.04 “Lunar Lobster” look a lot tastier than usual.
For what I believe is the first time, Ubuntu developers have decided to ship a custom desktop background that is used exclusively in development versions.
And of course, the new artwork conveys a creative confluence of the release’s codename.
Now every new dev release of Ubuntu usually uses its predecessor’s artwork for most of its development cycle. It only gets its own custom wallpaper near UI freeze. Not so with the Moon Cancerthe next near-term release of Ubuntu due in April 2023.
The development wallpaper ‘Lunar Lobster’
Longtime readers may remember me breathing a little too heavily over a batch of AI-generated jellyfish wallpapers shared on social media earlier this year. Those designers were masterfully taken out of the machine mind by Simon Butcher.
Well, Simon has done it again. This time he loaded the words “moon” and “lobster” into the computer’s creative mind, then began to carefully sculpt and refine the output until it looked like something very special.
Beautiful clawsome, right?
The wallpaper colors are perfect. Purple as a color is already synonymous with Ubuntu, but also with space (hence moons and stars). It works well. I also dig the shape of the lobster. It’s layered in such a way that it looks like it’s made of cardboard or paper – the “do-it-yourself” construction fits well with the development mode.
The new background will be available as an update to the
ubuntu-wallpapers package in Ubuntu 23.04 daily builds in the coming days, so if you’re riding the dev wave – brave soul you are – be ready for the change!
If you not you’re already using the Lunar Lobster – which is to say pretty much everyone – but you don’t want to be left out of the fun, you can download this wallpaper from Launchpad at the link above. Extract the full Ubuntu background archive and fish out the lobster (filename:
warty-final-ubuntu.png) in 4K quality to use as you wish.
Let me know what you think of this rather mystical-looking marvel, or just share your thoughts/experiences with AI-generated art in general, in the cavernous comment box below.