Change

Wilton Gorske

Concept

Debian has fundamentally changed the course of GNU/Linux since its inception. The vast collection of free and open-source software, and the people behind it, embody a truly revolutionary way of thinking about the rights and freedoms of computing in an increasingly digital world. Following that tradition, for the next major release of Debian 11 Bullseye, and given the massive social upheaval within the last year especially, this Change theme uses a tie-dye-like gradient for the background, vaguely reminiscent of the swirl of the Debian logo and the return of counter-cultural aesthetics—while sticking to the traditional blue color palette. In thinking about the cyclical, spiral nature of time, hitting the mark of the bullseye, and the interplanetary theme of previous Debian releases, the concentric rings are inspired by the the extreme trans-Neptunian object orbits of Planet Nine.

Copyleft

Copyright: 2020, Wilton Gorske <wilton (a) riseup (d0t) net>, License: CC-BY-4.0 or GNU GPL-2.0+ (at recipient's choice). The Karrik typeface used is by Jean-Baptiste Morizot and Lucas Le Bihan of the libre and open-source Velvetyne Type Foundry and is licensed under the SIL Open Font License v1.1.

Process

Created using entirely free software: Inkscape 0.92.4 with Debian GNU/Linux 10.4 (buster) on a ThinkPad T430s.

Mockups/Previews

Standard:

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Dark Mode:

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Logoless/Lockscreen:

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Website Banner:

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CD:

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Source Data

?InkScape SVG files, screenshots, and the typface source can be found here. If this design is chosen, naturally I will make all other required graphics.

This was a really fun project, and hats off to the other incredible designers who have contributed. Please feel free to ask questions, suggest changes, provide feedback, or just say hey to my email above (GPG key is 0xBC30F67B).