The default background for Ubuntu Hardy (8.04) and Intrepid (8.10) were interesting when compared to some of the new ones. So using these as inspiration, I set about to find a powerful Meercat image to use for the latest Ubuntu 10.10. I found this one by David Asch which I felt was ideal:- http://www.flickr.com/photos/trinity-of-one/18913858/.
I remastered the image with Gimp to add colours which evoke the new Ubuntu Orange and Purple pallet. The Meercat was also smudged and altered.
I look forward to feedback, both positive and negative! :-)
PLEASE NOTE: David Asch (known as 'My Melting Brain' on flickr) has granted me permission to modify the photo despite the original cc-by-nc-nd license.