As per Paul's suggestion to try to modify the perspective of María's
mosaico designs to make it vibrate a little less with icons on the
desktop, I did some experimentation today in Inkscape with perspective.
The source SVG is in the directory as well. The two gimp ones I just
poked around at in the gimp, I didn't do too much with them so I didn't
bother uploading the source.
I'm not very much up to date with this... What has happened to the Art
Studio spin (or whatever it was called) we were trying to make? I've
just seen a message on desktop-list proposing dropping gimp from Desktop
Spin (the infamous size issues), so it would probably make sense to
resurrect the idea of having a spin for (not only) Fedora designers with
all the apps we use, like gimp, inkscape, blender, scribus, etc.
possibly with also useful content like templates, brushes, etc.
I've just put together initial packages containing the Constantine
wallpapers I consider (based on the feedback we received) to be "worth"
putting in for Alpha. There is constantine-backgrounds package  which
contains tatica's mocaico and Mo's and Nicu's underwater mosaic, both as
slide-show (switching between those two once twice per hour) and
separately. Next there is constantine-backgrounds-extras package 
which contains Samuele's 4flowers and 4horses, Jayme's Constantine
Statue, Charlie's bird mosaic and tatica's pruebas and freedom. I've
created 16:10 and 4:3 versions for all the included images in 1600x1000,
resp. 1600x1200 resolution.
The desire is to select one of those two in constantine-backgrounds to
be the F12's default, and in the extras package we'll put four selected
designs, chosen from either the two packages or from external sources.
If these packages are OK with everyone -- I'd especially like people to
test it on 4:3 screens as I have only 16:10 and to check if I hadn't
omitted some popular design -- I'll submit them for inclusion in Fedora.
According to the Design schedule, today is the day to have the
Alpha wallpapers bundled up in a package. I believe Martin said that
he could do the packaging, but was waiting on a selection by the
team. If I'm not mistaken, the things that need to happen are:
* The team needs to decide on a selection of wallpaper for the F12
Alpha release today.
* Ensure Martin knows the selection and packages the selection(s) into
Rawhide, replacing the Leonidas backgrounds, if possible, to save
Did I correctly capture everything?
Here is the reply I received after asking for a license change for the
wallpapers in old Fedora versions:
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [Fedora-legal-list] License for wallpapers in old Fedora
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2009 15:03:19 -0400
From: Tom "spot" Callaway
On 07/24/2009 11:28 AM, Nicu Buculei wrote:
> At the Design-Team we figured it would be handy to provide (perhaps in a
> gallery) wallpapers from the old releases, so the users who liked them
> can have a handy access at the images. It is also useful to have when
> documenting our history.
> However, we have a licensing issue with the images created before the
> team establishment, from Fedora Core 1 to Fedora 7, when they were
> created behing the closed doors, at the Red Hat Desktop Team.
> My understanding is, being created Red Hat employees as part of their
> normal job and included into Fedora, those should have some Free license.
So, I should have caught this initially, but Red Hat Legal noticed that
all of these images contain the Fedora logo. Accordingly, we can't
permit these images to be released under a license which permits
So, this means there are two options remaining:
1. We can package up these backgrounds with a license identical to that
of the fedora-logos package (basically, right to use, copy, and
redistribute, but not modify, with some extra conditions around the
2. We could take the images and remove the Fedora trademarks from them
and release them under a Creative Commons license.
Or, we could do both.
Let me know what you think,
------ End Original Message ------
1. we though mainly about making those available on the web, i think it
would be confusing to add various clauses to the license, which very few
people will read, understand or care about. it would be preferable to go
with a simpler route.
2. we can remove the trademarks only if we have access to the sources,
which i am not sure is the case for all the images. with some, like FC6
NDA it may be impossible to remove everything and still retain a good
looking image (or it may be, since what we have there is not complying
with the guidelines anyway, so what is in there can't be our trademark).
----- "Matthias Clasen" <mclasen(a)redhat.com> wrote:
> On Fri, 2009-07-31 at 15:35 -0400, Bill Nottingham wrote:
> > Matthias Clasen (mclasen(a)redhat.com) said:
> > > Hey all,
> > >
> > > we've been discussing the idea of changing the default
> > > theme in F12. Nodoka has been the default for a while, and it
> seems to
> > > undergo a major rework now ( http://mso-chronicles.blogspot.com/
> > >
> > > We don't want to do a radical visual change, though. The idea is
> to go
> > > back to the upstream default, Clearlooks.
> > Well, that would still be a visual change. Given that he's
> > nodoka from scratch, that would leave the options as being either:
> > - go to clearlooks
> > - stay with the old nodoka version
> > ?
> I see that I should have phrased this better...
> What I meant to covey is: we _do_ want some visual change, e.g. get
> of some small annoyances in the current default theme, such as the
> dotted lines in treeviews.
> But as far as change goes, it is probably fine to keep it subtle
> going to Clearlooks) and not radical, like Lennart proposes (pick a
> default theme).
> > Also, would we be changing the icon set?
> I don't think think we have readily available options here.
> is popular and has a nice blue variant, but it is not packaged for
> Fedora atm.
Filled review request: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=515280
Feel free to do the review.
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