Do you want to see the new default Ubuntu 20.04 wallpaper? You know you do and you can, as we exclusively reveal the brand new background below!

Every great Ubuntu release needs an equally great wallpaper to go with it — does this one succeed?

Now, it’s fair to say that the forthcoming release of Ubuntu 20.04 ‘Focal Fossa’ is shaping up to be fairly fantastic (and feature-filled). But every great Ubuntu release needs an equally great wallpaper to go alongside it.

And with the ‘Disco Dingo’ and the ‘Eoan Ermine’ mascots making suitably strong impressions on their debuts last year, the flashy ‘Focal Fossa’ has some feverish expectations to live up to…

So without any further ado here it is; feast your eyes on the funky, fresh new feline-themed wallpaper below. As I’m sure you’ll agree, it makes a mighty fine first impression!

Ubuntu 20.04 default wallpaper
It’s a cat shooting lasers from its eyes?!

While the new Ubuntu wallpaper retains Ubuntu’s standard colour scheme of purple and orange mixed together in a gradient, it does things a bit differently than usual.

First, this is the most striking and the most sizeable mascot artwork the distro has draped across the desktop to date.

But secondly, and more unusually to a weathered ol’ wallpaper Wally like me, it’s flanked by symmetrical geometric framing. This is a bit unusual for an Ubuntu wallpaper. They aren’t often as mirror-perfect-opposite as here.

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As is tradition, there is both a colour version (the one you see above) and greyscale variant of the wallpaper, which you can see below:

Ubuntu 20.04 wallpaper greyscale

You can download the Ubuntu 20.04 wallpapers via Ubuntu Discourse. Both purple and greyscale versions are combined in a 15MB .zip which also features an .svg file of the Focal mascot, should you want to create your own Ubuntu focal wallpapers!

Otherwise, look out for this drape in the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS release, scheduled for April 23, 2020. As well as carrying this new background this release will boast a bevvy of other improvements, a new(er) Linux kernel, and all the goodies from the upcoming GNOME 3.36 release.

Do you think Focal’s new wallpaper is first-class and fetching? Or does it fail in its task, giving would-be users a foolishly frowzy first impression? Let me know in the comment space below!

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