Like Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ubuntu is my all-time favorite Linux distribution. I still remember the day I got my first Ubuntu CDs from shipit.ubuntu.com. 11 years ago, I was looking for a Linux distribution for my friend and I found Ubuntu 4.10 ‘Warty Warthog’ and it was “Awesome“. Back then you can order Ubuntu CDs in bulk for free of cost, it is still free but no CDs, and I ordered 50 CDs and shared with my friends and colleagues.
One of the my favorite feature was/is “Try Ubuntu“, you can try Ubuntu without installing it in your computer and also I really liked it’s old logo with slogan “Linux for human beings” and they sent lots of stickers with the CD packs and I posted them on my computer, bike, mirrors and pretty much everywhere.
Anyway, last month Ubuntu released its new version 16.10 “Yakkety Yak“. The new version ships with lots new features including the GNOME 3.20 stack, an alternative experimental Unity 8 session and also brand new awesome wallpaper. Being a nostalgic person, I’d like to share here every default Ubuntu wallpaper from Ubuntu 4.10 Warty Warthog to 16.10 Yakkety Yak.
So here we go.
Ubuntu 4.10 ‘Warty Warthog’
Ubuntu 4.10 Warty Warthog was the first public version released back in October 2004. In hindsight this wallpaper is nothing more than an utterly spiritless block of brown with a logo. Sure, the gradient adds a bit of activity but the pallid brown colour lent an uninspiring start to the design of Ubuntu’s desktop.
Ubuntu 5.04 ‘Hoary Hedgehog’
For the Hedgehog first impressions were bucked up: out went the subtle-almost-invisible gradient used previously and in came some wispy light effects and a darker, homely brown hue. The overall tone was more pleasing, being one of a burgeoning personality. It’s for this reason the Hedgehog’s wallpaper represented the first true design of Ubuntu’s wallpaper linage.
Ubuntu 5.10 Breezy Badger
A lighter ‘tan’ brown was used in the default wallpaper for Ubuntu 5.10. It gave the desktop a softer feeling, with the elegant light refractions adding some bokeh-esque charm. This entrant is notable for being the last default wallpaper to use the Ubuntu logo.
Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake
The swirly and curvy lines coupled with the rich, chocolate brown made this wallpaper one of the warmest included in Ubuntu thus far.