thanks for the summary of what went right and what went wrong.
I agree with most of it.
A Jury. That's a classic way to decide a contest. I think a lot of people would like that. Of course Debian has so many "fans", it might also be a nice idea to "risk" giving them the decision. But that's just my opinion.
Contributing actually was a lot of fun. I loved doing that spaceship. :-) OK, more feedback would have been helpful, maybe that's something that could be organized next time. But the only thing that really sucked was that after months of work by the "artists" and not much feedback of the "packagers", all of a sudden it was like "OK, we run out of time, I just take that one, thanks, goodbye." Although the chosen artwork is a nice one, that was a bit abrupt. I know Paul didn't intend that.
Thanks for pointing that out. I might have been a bit harsh.
To be helpful here, Ronoaldo Pereira and I have been working for quite some nights (and a few days) to realize "desktop-theme-packages" (which depend on an installed desktop-base-7.0). Maybe anyone likes to take a look?
So far, we have a working prototype and a repository. And *if* Holger Levsen likes what he finds, we even might have a sponsor. :-) Hopefully...
The prototype uses Franz Gratzers "growing" artwork. But there was also some other nice artwork in the contest. We have already contacted some of the artists. The idea is to make each artwork available as separate installable package. So some of the artwork can still be of practical use and everybody still has a choice.
Please have a look. Feedback is welcome.