And I like this movement. A few minutes ago we have published an article in which we talked about the new installer of Ubuntu 23.04, and in it there are a total of 12 captures (one duplicate). In all of them we see the wallpaper of the kinetic kudu, the version that has been available for just under two months. If everything were business as usual, that would be the Lunar Lobster wallpaper until a month before its release, but something is changing in the Ubuntu major release team.
To find out a bit about what's going on, I've looked around the net a bit and Joey Sneddon already knew that this was going to happen. In fact, he also explains how it happened: the Ubuntu developers have asked Simon Butcher to do something he had already done in the past, put "lunar lobster" in a artificial intelligence software, let him work and outline the last touches so that the image would look good. The request has been made with one idea in mind: use that image as a wallpaper for Ubuntu 23.04 until they include the final image.
Ubuntu 23.04 background will be very different
In March 2023, when they show us what the final background of Ubuntu 23.04 will be, we will surely see something very different to which this article heads. For starters, that purple tone is nothing like what Ubuntu uses unless we are on the version with Unity; second, the lobster seems too "physical" and the moon too defined, nothing to do with what they have been using for years; finally, the Ubuntu logo is seen, and that is something that does not seem likely either.
I got asked to produce a bespoke wallpaper for dev/test builds of @ubuntu "Lunar Lobster" – the first time a pre-release build has had its own wallpaper. As with the jellyfish & kudu wallpapers I did for Ubuntu Mate, this is AI-generated, using latest tools available at the time https://t.co/oouJTd0MWc
—Simon Butcher (@simonjbutcher) December 16, 2022
But in any case, this change is something that makes us feel that we are facing a new system, although the reality is that they have only changed the wallpaper. As Butcher says, this is the first preview release to use its own wallpaper, and hopefully not the last.
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