vote on My favorite kind of desktop background is:

A photo of people (family, friends, myself, ...)
[bar] 3/1%
A photo of my pet(s)
[bar] 2/0%
A photo of something man-made (cars, machines, etc.)
[bar] 4/1%
A photo of nature, space, or something else not man-made
[bar] 57/13%
An abstract pattern
[bar] 5/1%
Artwork, digital or photographed
[bar] 27/6%
A solid color
[bar] 33/8%
A digital animation
[bar] 1/0%
Whatever my desktop environment has set for me by default
[bar] 11/3%
I haven't seen my background in weeks, too many windows covering it!
[bar] 281/66%
424 total votes
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Re: My favorite kind of desktop background is:
by marto (Cardinal) on Mar 01, 2021 at 12:04 UTC

    Solid, black, I find it much easier on the eyes than anything else. Sadly at work I can't change to any high contrast settings, and have some client specific background image.

      Me too I'm using, at $work, solid black since years. I must admit rarely I see the desktop but I organize there a lot of link and folders of links, grouped in the grid by category.

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Re: My favorite kind of desktop background is:
by stevieb (Canon) on Mar 01, 2021 at 15:29 UTC

    ...the one I'm not looking at because I'm lost in the beauty of nature on a hike in the mountains.

Re: My favorite kind of desktop background is:
by Ratazong (Monsignor) on Mar 01, 2021 at 12:28 UTC

    Few years ago I had a 3-month-vacation in New Zealand. Since then my desktop-background @work is a slideshow of my best 20 fotos of that trip. Great to keep the memories fresh! (And much better than the standard-desktop with the logo of the company ;-)

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Re: My favorite kind of desktop background is:
by Tux (Canon) on Mar 01, 2021 at 14:58 UTC

    4 desktops, 4 cats: all desktops have approx 1/3rd of the solid black brackground filled with a feline on a black background: two black panthers, and two black cats


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Re: My favorite kind of desktop background is:
by choroba (Archbishop) on Mar 03, 2021 at 16:02 UTC
    I downloaded many pictures from Landsat Image Gallery years ago and I still use them. On every restart, each desktop gets a random background from the gallery.

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Re: My favorite kind of desktop background is:
by Radiola (Monk) on Mar 02, 2021 at 22:12 UTC

    I like color, and I like the background to not be too “busy”. Black causes too much contrast with icons and other screen elements for me, and a busy background is distracting and makes it harder to pick out icons and such on my desktop. I also use switchable workspaces. Since I’m WFH there’s a couple for work and a couple for personal stuff. So one desktop rotates pictures daily, one desktop always has a picture of the building where I (normally) work, and a couple others have solid colors. Special shout out to Digital Blasphemy for two decades of cool desktops (I’m a paid member).


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Re: My favorite kind of desktop background is:
by dsheroh (Monsignor) on Mar 03, 2021 at 08:59 UTC
    Many years ago, I used to deal with the "never see it because too many windows are open" problem by using (pseudo-)transparency on my terminal windows, so that I'd be able to see my desktop background "through" them. Great idea in theory, but, in practice, it just added background noise that made the text in the terms hard to read. So I stopped doing that and now I only see my desktop background for a brief moment after rebooting.
Re: My favorite kind of desktop background is:
by talexb (Canon) on Mar 03, 2021 at 15:45 UTC

    I used to have really cool backgrounds for my desktops, but they've turned over often enough that I haven't gotten around to moving on past the boring defaults. Which reminds me, I'd better start looking for a new desktop .. my plan is to stay ahead of the catastrophic failures.

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Re: My favorite kind of desktop background is:
by ajt (Prior) on Mar 03, 2021 at 19:55 UTC

    At home all the systems have the Debian default artwork which is usually abstract and subtle. I don't use icons, and I full screen most programs, so I mostly don't see it most of the time anyway. At work I put up with whatever the client wants, though if I can get rid of their default and just have a solid black background then that's what I do.

    Corporate logos are all good and well, but if you can't work out what the icons are then it's not much use... At one firm I worked for, the security team didn't want branding to be visible as they thought it was a risk, but marketing wanted it on everything, and so our badges and laptops all sported corporate logos....


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Re: My favorite kind of desktop background is:
by Bod (Chaplain) on Mar 02, 2021 at 16:21 UTC

    Two monitors, both with pictures of departed hounds

    I only really se them after a restart as there are usually too many windows open...

Re: My favorite kind of desktop background is:
by hsmyers (Canon) on Mar 03, 2021 at 20:25 UTC
    Partial to default Conemu background, I am.

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