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No lie, the latest daily builds of Ubuntu 23.04 “Lunar Lobster” are looking for a lot tastier than usual.

In what I believe is the first time, the Ubuntu developers have decided to ship a custom desktop background that will be used exclusively in a development project.

And naturally, the new artwork conveys a creative match for the release codename.

Now, as a rule, each new developer release of Ubuntu uses the creations of its predecessor for most of its development cycle. It only acquires a custom wallpaper near the UI freeze. It is not so Moon LobsterThe next short-term release of Ubuntu is slated to appear in April 2023.

“Moon Lobster” development poster

Long-time readers may recall that I was breathing a little too heavily over a batch of AI-generated jellyfish posters that hit social media earlier this year. Those designers were masterfully brought out of the machine mind Simon Butcher.

Well, Simon has done it again. This time, he loaded the words “lunar” and “lobster” into the computer’s creative mind, then set about carefully sculpting and refining the result until it looked like something truly special.

And here.

Image: Simon Butcher

Beautiful clawsome, right?

The colors of the wallpapers are perfect. Purple as a color is already synonymous with Ubuntu, but also with space (hence moons and stars). It works well. I also dig the lobster shape. It is layered so that it looks like it is made of card or paper; The “DIY” structure lends itself well to the release mode of development.

The new background will be available as an update ubuntu-wallpapers The package in Ubuntu 23.04 is being built daily for the next few days, so if you ride the development channel, brave soul, be prepared for the change.

If you no using Lunar Lobster, that is, pretty much everyone, but you don’t want to be left out of the fun, you can download this wallpaper from Launchpad using the link above. Extract the full Ubuntu wallpaper archive, then extract lobster (filename: warty-final-ubuntu.png) in 4K quality as you wish to use.

Let me know what you think of this rather mysterious-looking marvel, or just share your thoughts/experiences with AI-generated art in general in the cavernous comment hole below.

Thanks Ken


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