Here it is!
Yeah, you probably figured that one out really quick. That’s not the default wallpaper for Ubuntu 10.10. I lied.
I lied because for weeks now people have been wringing their hands over a particularly awful image that was supposedly on deck as the default. Cue the sad cowboy music.
I’m going to say it again, because no matter how many times I repeat myself, there’s this pitiful whining revolt that takes place, like clockwork, every six months:
The default desktop doesn’t matter. You’re going to change it only minutes after you install it. Get past it.
Don’t try to tell me that Linux newcomers will be put off by crappy wallpaper. If someone is considering using Linux but can’t be bothered to look past the wallpaper, then they don’t deserve to use Linux. We don’t want them on our team.
And the fact remains: No matter what you pick as “the most beautiful desktop in the world,” there is somebody else on the planet who hates it, viscerally, with every part of their soul, as if they were staring into the Abyss itself. …
So here’s my advice: Download Ubuntu, then install it, then change the squeaking wallpaper. And move on to something more important in your life.