gnome-backgrounds should be installed by default

Bug #311389 reported by mati on 2008-12-25
This bug affects 6 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
One Hundred Papercuts
ubuntu-meta (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gnome-backgrounds

Users coming from different systems (like Windows) are used to the fact that they can choose from a set of a stunning wallpapers, which are presented in the desktop properties. It is really one of the first things they do, because having a beautiful background can greatly increase productivity and make using the computer enjoyable.

Since upstream solved the problem (see: ), it would be nice to include their solution by default. I know it would increase the size of the cd by 9.5mb, but it would be *well* worth the cost.

Michael Rooney (mrooney) wrote :

I agree that this would be very nice although you are right, size is a concern. I think it might be nice to have a smaller package with 4 or so in them, perhaps the best (as decided by a vote), such as either top 4 or the top one in each general color scheme, to get a good mix.

I am not sure if a package itself is the correct place for a bug about having it included by default; let me check into that. I'll confirm it for now and we can change the package if necessary.

Changed in gnome-backgrounds:
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Triaged
mati (mati-wroc) wrote :

Michael, I don't think choosing 4 wallpapers would solve the issue, as Ubuntu is used by a great variety of users on every continent.

The quality of our default wallpaper is often questioned in the reviews and by the end users. Having ability to change that in 3 clicks would be a very strong argument against that complaint and would make a good note in the release notes.

And since gconf isn't shipped with static translations and use gettext at runtime, all the necessary cd space have just been given :)

Michael Rooney (mrooney) wrote :

As I understand from nhandler this belongs in ubuntu-meta.

Changed in gnome-backgrounds:
status: Triaged → Confirmed
Siegfried Gevatter (rainct) wrote :

I agree that having more wallpapers by default would be great. When I tried KDE4 one of the first impressions I had was "wow, those wallpapers are nice", with Ubuntu I can't say the same (it's not that the default one is ugly, but it is the only one available and gives a rather poor experience).

cicoandcico (cicoandcico) wrote :

it's among the first things I install on any fresh ubuntu install. people love backgrounds.

deactivated-- (deactivated--) wrote :

Obviously, including more than one default background is a great idea.

Travis Watkins (amaranth) wrote :

Not sure if this would qualify as a paper cut since we would have to figure out how to squeeze it on to the CD. I'll let someone else decide though.

mati (mati-wroc) wrote :

Travis, a few MB would be freed by #385850 (Ship fewer screensavers by default).

As Daniele Napolitano said there:
"I prefer more HD backgrounds that screensavers, less and less used (screensaver concept is born with CRT display for real technical reasons)."

Less screensavers, more wallpapers :)

Rodney Orpheus (rodneyorpheus) wrote :

Totally agree with mati, less screensavers, more wallpaper. Not many people use screensavers these days, but pretty much everyone has a desktop :-)

Luca A. Rossi (larossi) wrote :

I agree with mati too.
With a lot of LCDs, screensavers are less used nowadays.

Przemek K. (azrael) wrote :

Alternatively, we could add a "more wallpapers" button to the Appearance applet which would download more wallpapers or install gnome-backgrounds and other packages.

Przemek K. (azrael) on 2009-06-21
tags: added: artwork
mati (mati-wroc) wrote :

I don't believe this would be the right solution, as users expect Ubuntu to come with all necessary things installed (browser, office suite and so on). I think nice wallpapers are that kind of essential stuff that all people are used to and want nowadays (especially that many people are former Windows users).

Luca A. Rossi (larossi) wrote :

In my opinion, GNOME's official wallpapers aren't very beautiful.
We could start a contest to find the best wallpapers for Ubuntu!

Vish (vish) wrote :

Thank you for bringing this bug to our attention. I'm afraid this bug can't be addressed as part of this project.

This report calls for adding a new package to the default , Hence not a papercut.

A paper cut is a minor usability annoyance that an average user would encounter on his/her first day of using a new installation of Ubuntu 9.10.

For further info about papercuts criteria , pls read >

Don't worry though, This bug has been marked as "invalid" ONLY in the papercuts project.

Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: New → Invalid
Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

Since Ubuntu 9.10 (ten months after this bug was reported), each version of Ubuntu has included a selection of background pictures from a community contest. You can install the winning pictures from any past Ubuntu version. <>

So if this bug report had been "Not enough variety in default background pictures", I could now mark it as Fixed. Since it is instead "gnome-backgrounds should be installed by default", I shall mark it as Won't Fix. Fourteen backgrounds are installed by default. If you wish, you can install gnome-backgrounds as well.

Changed in ubuntu-meta (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Won't Fix
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