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KDE Default Wallpaper ‘Kontest’ Kicks Off

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KDE users are being asked to design the default wallpaper for the next major release of the popular desktop environment.

The default wallpaper of KDE is changed ‘every 2 major releases’ according to the KDE Blog. The wallpaper introduced in KDE 4.6, and present in Kubuntu 11.10, is ‘Horos’: –


For KDE 4.8 developers want to ‘a fresh style’, and for that the community is being asked to participate in a wallpaper selection contest.

Wallpaper submissions will be accepted until December 4th, after which submissions will be be whittled down to three choices. From this a panel of judges will select the over all winner to be used as the default wallpaper.


Submissions should be sent to and must have “wallpaper2011” as the subject line inorder to be considered.

  • Wallpapers should be sized 1920×1200 or larger (additional ratios welcome)
  • KDE values must be reflected in the design – “Elegance, Freedom, and Ease of Use.”
  • Entries need to be licensed as LGPL
  • Photos entires are welcome
  • Winners will be notified when a decision is made