KDE developers have shared the wallpaper they plan to ship in KDE Plasma 5.21.

The new background was uploaded in a Git commit today (Jan 5) is titled ‘Milky Way’. Fastidious fans of KDE artwork might find the new featured wallpaper a smidge familiar as new design was first proposed for inclusion during the Plasma 5.18 release cycle.

Milky Way kde wallpaper
New backdrop (note: compressed image)

Deep purples, rich pinks, and sensual reds dominate the new design, which retains the strong geometric “signature” that most Plasma wallpapers carry. A swirling column of colourful shapes acts a point of interest as well as a bridge between lit velveteen lush and stark ink darkness.

The shift away from the ‘bright’ colour palette used in the previous wallpapers is a welcome one. As well as having echoes of the KDE Plasma 5.16 wallpaper, the new drape works as a perfect backdrop to showcase the dark KDE Breeze theme.

KDE Plasma 5.21 with the new Milky Way Wallpaper
Milky Way and the Breeze dark theme

KDE Plasma 5.21 itself is due for release in April (assuming development goes to plan). And it will, as we recently reported, feature a new “app launcher” and improved Wayland support, plus plenty of other changes too.

Not that you have to wait until then — or even use KDE Plasma at all — to use this vivid pic as your wallpaper. You can download “Milky Way” in up to 5k resolution from the KDE Breeze Git, and a mobile version is available to help make your smart devices look a touch smarter.

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