Definitive Ubuntu 8.10 artwork

I decided to beat the rush and install the Beta of Ubuntu 8.10 this evening, because you just know that when it’s officially released, the servers will be slow.
At first I was greeted with the Beta artwork, which I found slightly disappointing, as have others before me.

A massive update (over 400 MB) changed some things though. The NewHuman theme has been renamed DarkRoom, but I don’t really see other changes, apart from the name.

The dark, but non-default, DarkRoom theme

The dark, but non-default, DarkRoom theme

Another change is the title in Grub, which changes from “Ubuntu Intrepid (development branch)” to “Ubuntu 8.10”, the official name of the upcoming release. It’s not a big change of course, but it does indicate that there aren’t any major changes left before the official release.

But the biggest, and most pleasant change for me was the default wallpaper, which was a boring brown swirl of balls (seriously), and now looks like this:

The new, fantastic Intrepid Ibex wallpaper

The new, fantastic Intrepid Ibex wallpaper

It looks like a fairly rough wall, with an almost prehistoric painting of an Ibex on the left, which despite the sketchiness of the drawing almost seems to sparkle with life. While it isn’t the drastic, new look that was promised for 8.10, it’s definitely a step up from the artwork of the alpha and beta releases.



16 Responses to Definitive Ubuntu 8.10 artwork

  1. M says:

    I love the new wallpaper, and I have gotten used to DarkRoom and this is the first time I use the default theme and wallpaper for Ubuntu. 🙂

  2. Milhouse says:

    Very nice abstract picture of Ibex! Thx!

  3. claudius says:

    this is the spirit of ubuntu. I like it much. Good work and many thanks to painter of new, fantastic Intrepid Ibex wallpaper 😉

  4. Steel says:

    Don’t confuse people. The second screenshot is NOT a new look! It has different panels with background which gives panels more 3D look. New panels are transparent a bit, too.

  5. Just testing says:

    That’s it, I’m using your blog to do a test.

  6. celettu says:


    Not sure what you’re on about. That’s a screenshot of a default install of Intrepid Beta, upgraded fully on the 22nd of October. I haven’t done anything with the panels.

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  9. Shiva says:


    Very Nice.Ubuntu Beats all other OS in Graphics. It Swallowed Wista Graphics ..

    With Rgds,

  10. Shiva says:


    Very Nice.Ubuntu Beats all other OS in Graphics. It Swallowed Vista Graphics ..

    With Rgds,

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