Fedora 35 is getting ready to be packaged and released but it's time to
start Fedora Wallpaper 36!
Each release we increment a letter of the alphabet and look to highlight a
scientist, inventor, or engineer whose name begins with that letter and use
their work as inspiration for the visual concept of the wallpaper.
For example, F33’s inspiration was Walter Lincoln Hawkins, a polymer
chemist and the wallpaper embedded the concept of connecting the world
since his invention of plastic sheathing helped give rural access to the
For F36, the letter is K. The first part of this process is as a team we
vote on which of a few K figures we find most inspirational / the best
possibility for cool visuals for the F36 wallpaper. I propose the list
below. I will make sure to attach the poll below for voting purposes.
*1. Jack Kilby *- Jack St. Clair Kilby was a Nobel award-winning American
electrical engineer, his greatest achievement was the creation of the first
working integrated circuit while working at Texas Instruments in the 1950s.
The visuals here could be either very direct, inspired by the diodes,
microprocessors, and transistors of the circuit, or more abstract. The
lines and squares could start to turn into an overhead view of the
city/world that’s been affected by the integrated circuit
*2. Stephanie Kwolek *– Kevlar - An American chemist discovered this
material, which is five times stronger than steel, is used in bicycle
tires, racing sails, body armor, frying pans, armored cars. She discovered
the first of a family of synthetic fibers of exceptional strength and
stiffness: poly-paraphenylene terephthalamide.
Visual concepts could include the molecular makeup of kevlar, fluidity of
fibers as well as the rigidity and strength of the material.
*3. *Deepika Kurup - is an inventor, scientist, and clean water advocate.
Kurup's initial idea that won her the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist
in 2012 is based on using a photocatalytic compound for water purification.
In 2015 she developed a pervious photocatalytic composite using sand, TiO2,
Portland cement and silver nitrate. This photocatalytic pervious composite
showed 98% reduction in total coliform bacteria immediately after
filtration. Exposure of the filtered water to sunlight with a
photocatalytic composite disc resulted in 100% inactivation of total
I think this one has a lot of different paths we could go in! Playing
around with whether we wanted a landscape that emphasized the sun and water
like Fedora 34, or if we wanted to symbolize bacteria in a way with the
water in a gradient effect going from dirty to clean.
*4. Robert Kahn* - Robert Kahn was an electrical engineer from the Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency. When the company DARPA ran out of
funding, he and a computer scientist from Stanford named Vint Cerf
collaborated on the principle of the interconnection of heterogeneous
computer networks. They called it the TCP (transmission control protocol)
which originally included the IP (Internet Protocol). After the U.S.
Department of Defense adopted it in 1980, the TCP/IP became the standard
Internet communication protocol we still use today.
I don't have many ideas for visuals off the top of my head but right now
while we all work with the internet mostly from home its really important
so I'm sure we could come up with something.
Keep an eye out for an email regarding the poll. We’re currently trying to
set it up with LimeSurvey but this way you can do whatever research you’d
like and figure out who to vote for in the meantime before its up and
she / her / hers