I am a little unimpressed with the wallpapers shipped with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. That prompted my interest in finding an easy way of obtaining wallpapers from past Ubuntu releases. I launched Ubuntu Software Center and typed "wallpaper" in the search box. Nothing apparently useful showed up. Not until I clicked on "Show technical items". It turns out that there are packages containing the wallpapers from almost all of the past Ubuntu releases.
For Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic) and later, the packages are called:
For earlier releases they are named:
So for example if you wish to install the wallpapers that came with Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty) you need to install:
And if you want to install the ones from Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy) you need to get:
You can use your favourite package management tool to install those.
That Edgy wallpaper looks truly retro - Back to Brown!