From Fedora Project Wiki

Relevant links:

What are supplemental wallpapers?

Supplemental wallpapers are the non-default wallpapers provided with Fedora. Usually Fedora ships GNOME upstream supplemental wallpapers. We try to collect a set for each release of Fedora and offer it as an option package. Wallpaper shipped with Fedora that is not the default wallpaper is called 'supplemental' wallpaper.

How do I manage the supplemental wallpaper process?

The supplemental wallpaper wrangler oversees the supplemental wallpaper process, and is a duty that can rotate every release given the interest of the current maintainer.

The responsibilities of the supplemental wallpaper wrangler include:

  1. Setting a deadline for the wallpaper submissions which will be posted on the current Supplemental Wallpapers page.
  2. Announcing the supplemental wallpapers process. When advertising this note that supplemental wallpapers should be photography-based. Where to advertise?:
  3. Monitor the submissions on the wiki. Post follow-up announcements as needed to solicit more submissions
  4. After the deadline has passed, moderate a discussion on design-team mailing list to narrow it down to 15 wallpapers by tallying up the design team's votes. The top 15 most-voted-for wallpapers are the winners.
  5. Contact the artists who created the 15 winning wallpapers, get their okay, confirm the license on each image.
  6. Create a wiki page to post the license-confirmed and author-okayed winners:
  7. Work with a packager to have the wallpapers packaged.
  8. Announce selected wallpapers on


Stuff to Keep In Mind As Wallpaper Wrangler

Voting Process

You can do the voting in one of two ways:

  • On the design-team list, in which case you'll want to provide a full week to collect votes
  • During the design team meeting which means it'd take probably 15-20 minutes.

Either way is fine, it's up to you as wrangler how you'd prefer to run the vote.

Where wallpapers are submitted

Should the images be submitted to flickr or the wiki page?

The wiki page is the preferred place of submission, and we should ask that folks submit to it unless the photographer has some hardship in uploading to the wiki. We had tried to use the flickr group before but it turned out to be too confusing so the Wiki should probably be the canonical place for entries.

Information we collect from wallpaper submissions

Wallpaper submissions without this information cannot be accepted:

  1. URL of Image File The URL of the image (for example,
  2. Title The name/title of the image (for example, "The One and Only East")
  3. Author The author's real-life name (if possible, if not their handle/nick or a link to their profile on the site the photo is found may be sufficient) Note we need this information for the author, not the submitter.
  4. Author Email or Contact Information The author's email address
  5. URL of Image site The URL the photo was found on (e.g., the Flickr page URL, or the blog post URL, etc.)
  6. License The license of the photo (we can only accept the following licenses:

Supplemental Wallpaper Guidelines

All submissions or contributions:

  • Must be covered by the Contributor License Agreement. We cannot accept contributions from individuals who have not signed the CLA in the Fedora Account System. The CLA allows us to properly license artwork submissions for distribution with Fedora and other Fedora projects.
  • Must not contain material that violates or infringes another's rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement. If your submissions include or derive from artwork created by other people, please make sure the license of the original work you incorporate is compatible with Fedora and that you are not violating any of the provisions of its license. Just because a work is licensed with a Creative Commons license does not mean it is free to use (make sure you provide attribution to artists that license their work with a CC Attribution clause.)
  • Should have the consent and approval of the author or creator
  • Are thereby licensed to the public for reuse under CC-BY-SA unless specifically identified as being licensed by another approved liberal open source license. See a list of approved licenses for Fedora.

Subject matter:

  • Must not contain brand names or trademarks of any kind
  • Must not contain material that is inappropriate, offensive, indecent, obscene, hateful, tortuous, defamatory, slanderous or libelous
    • No sexually explicit or provocative subject matter
    • No images of weapons or violent imagery
    • No alcohol, smoking, or drug use imagery
  • Must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age
  • Must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in the jurisdiction where the work is created
  • No religious, political, or nationalist imagery (including flags)
  • No images of hats, particularly fedoras. (This is a matter of respect for our primary sponsor, Red Hat, Inc., and is not negotiable. Of course, passive appearance of hats, such as those upon heads in a crowd, may be allowed.)
  • No version numbers. End users might prefer to continue to use an older theme, or use the latest theme in their older version of Fedora. To enable that choice, do not use any version numbers within the Fedora artwork.
  • No text. Text should not be used in the backgrounds because the artwork is intended for a global audience and to be reused by derivative distributions.
  • Should not contain images of people (contemporary, historical, or fictional)
  • Should not contain images of pets, or captive or mistreated animals

Technical requirements:

  • Must use a format that can be read by software available in Fedora Package Collection. Preferred image formats include SVG and PNG. Master files, which may be further edited, should be maintained in non-lossy formats. Preserving vector graphics, raster layers, and channels is important for such materials.
  • Originals for landscape formats must be a minimum of 1600 pixels wide and 1200 pixels high. The larger the better. Photographic submissions should be made at the highest resolution the camera is capable of.
  • Should be provided in a 16 x 9 aspect ratio when possible.
  • No watermarks, signatures, photographer/creator names, or messages may be included in any part of the work. However if the license allows, and the photo is compelling enough, we could remove watermarks.


  • Should strive for subtlety and poetry
  • Avoid high frequency images (
    • A soft focus is one way to achieve this
  • As the name suggests, visually, it should settle into the "background" of the activity scene.
  • Fewer details on left side allows for good readability for primary icons on the desktop.
    • Keep in mind that many users have icons covering the entire desktop view.
  • Do not compete for the user's attention

Specific guidelines.

The following adjectives should be used to select an appropriate design:

  • Fresh
  • Light
  • Calm
  • Clean
  • Modern
  • Harmonious
  • Unfettered
  • Elegant
  • Graceful
  • Hopeful
  • Delightful
  • Nature
  • Landscapes
  • Cosmos
  • Scenes
  • (Region/country specific content)