Here’s your first look at GNOME 3.38’s new default wallpaper — plus a link to download the design to use ahead of the stable GNOME 3.38 release in September.

Just don’t expect much of a deviation on what’s gone before. What’s that saying again? Ah yes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

Jakub Steiner’s GNOME 3.38 wallpaper sits in vogue with previous background designs. It is predominately blue, it features a variety of geometric shapes, and uses fractal lighting for texture and effect.

As with the GNOME 3.36 wallpaper and earlier there are 3 distinct variations of the main design: morning, day, and night. You can use each of these on their own, or use them as part of a dynamic wallpaper slideshow that subtly transitions between then over the course of the day:

  • adwaita morning wallpaper for GNOME 3.38
  • adwaita day wallpaper for GNOME 3.38
  • adwaita dark wallpaper for GNOME 3.38

The new ‘Adwaita’ wallpaper you see peppered throughout this post — unless you’re reading from a scraper site, sorry — is still subject to change ahead of the formal GNOME 3.38 release in the autumn.

That means if you really don’t like the new design it could change yet. But even if the design stays the same you’re not stuck with it; you can change wallpaper easily enough.

But if you’d like to sport this background ahead of time grab the copy in close-to-8K resolution direct from Gitlab:

GNOME 3.38 Adwaita Day Wallpaper

Morning and Night versions are also available for you to use now, ahead of the final stable release.

Alternatively, if you’re patient, you can wait until GNOME 3.38 is released and enjoy it then (though bear in mind the images aren’t set as default in most Linux distributions, Ubuntu included).

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