The Journey

Theme proposal for Debian GNU/Linux 7 "Wheezy"

Screenshot Gnome 3


This artwork uses elements of my "LISP machine" proposal for Squeeze. I am glad to have the opportunity to bring up the idea again for Wheezy.

The colorful wallpaper is accompanied by a login-background for the various login screens (and Grub). It uses the same colors but is more plain. The login-backgound is designed for a smooth transition into the desktop wallpaper.

Under some elements I have added a README, explaining where the files are located in the Debian filesystem and how they are configured. This is supposed to help people testing the theme.

Inspiration came from the "Verne" artwork of Fedora 16. It convinced me that a desktop wallpaper can tell a story.

I wrote down some thoughts about the picture here.

Ulrich Hansen, 09.03.2012


PS: This page links to pictures and texts on my own webspace at Please don't feel offended. I prefer to have my work in one place. It makes changes much easier for me.


Screenshot Gnome Classic

Screenshot KDE

A less colorful version

The wallpaper has an aspect ratio of 16:9 (HD). It can be safely cropped to 16:10 (widescreen), 4:3 (standard) and 5:4 (SXGA).



Grub 2 - Background picture




Grub 2 - Theme












Debian Installer




640x300px png with a color depth of 4bit (16 colors).



640x300px png with a color depth of 16bit (65.536 colors).

DVD cover


DVD label


Website banner


The background is from the hull of an Apollo capsule, photographed by me in 2010.


Wallpaper: journey-wallpaper-simple-source.xcf (112 MB)

Login background for GDM, KDM and KSplash: journey-login-background-simple-source.xcf (24 MB)

Grub background picture: journey-grub.xcf

Grub widescreen background picture: journey-grub-widescreen.xcf

Debian Installer: journey-debian-installer.xcf

Isolinux / Syslinux: journey-syslinux-master.xcf

Splash screen: journey-splash.xcf

DVD Label: journey-dvd-label.xcf

DVD Cover:

Website banner: journey-website-banner.xcf

Orion nebula

The photograph of M42 (Orion Nebula) was taken by the NASA Spitzer Space Telescope in May 2009 and has the title „Dreamy Young Stars“. It can be found here:

It is used according to the NASA photo guidelines:

NASA pictures are considered DFSG free.

Apollo spacecraft

The photograph of the Apollo spacecraft was taken by Sebastian Voltmer. It shows the 1:1 model from the film “Apollo 13”, which he has bought and renovated. The photo shows the model on his truck before the renovation.

Sebastian Voltmer friendly allowed me to use his photograph for my Debian Wheezy artwork and to publish the resulting work under the terms of the GNU GPL.

LISP machine

The photograph of the CADR LISP Machine was taken by me in the MIT Museum, Cambridge on October 9th, 2010. It shows the complicated wiring of the machine, which was hand-assembled by Prof. Richard Greenblatt in the mid-1970s. The machine played a significant role in the history of Free Software. The attempt to commercialize the project split the MIT hacker community and was the main reason AI lab programmer Richard M. Stallman began to write GNU.

In several editing steps I have transformed the picture into some sort of circle or "mantra". To me it symbolizes the art of hacking.

I have released my photographs (1,2,3) under the terms of the of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. Copyright: Ulrich Hansen, Mainz, Germany 2010, 2012.

The swirl and the Debian logo are derived from the "Debian Open Use Logo".

Copyright (c) 1999 Software in the Public Interest

This logo or a modified version may be used by anyone to refer to the Debian project, but does not indicate endorsement by the project.

According to the artwork requirements, only the swirl was used in the wallpaper pictures for this theme. The swirl and the Debian text together were used in the DVD/CD artwork, which is not part of the Debian GNU/Linux distribution.


The font used in the DVD artwork and other pictures is the font "URW Gothic L", which is included in Debian.

You can download it here.

The rest of the artwork is my own work.

Author: Ulrich Hansen (

Copyright: Ulrich Hansen, Mainz, Germany 2012. Published under the terms of the of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.