The new default wallpaper for Ubuntu 11.04 has been released.

Sporting ‘subtle changes’ with ‘new light refractions’, the updated wallpaper for the April release echoes evolution rather than revolution.

Writing on the reasoning behind the subtle changes Ubuntu’s Otto Greenslade says: –

“…as we move towards becoming more of a ‘household’ platform and with the great changes coming with Unity (launcher/dash) general users will get reassurance from the familiarity of the wallpaper and will also identify with it as part of our personality in new screenshots.”

For those unable to notice a different between this and the incumbent, here’s an animated .gif alternating between the two: –

This design, along with 17 other wallpapers (see here for those), make up the default wallpaper package for Ubuntu 11.04.

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