[UbuntuWomen] GNOME - making a dynamic wallpaper

Brianna Laugher brianna.laugher at gmail.com
Thu Mar 1 11:08:43 GMT 2007


On 01/03/07, t u <towsonu2003 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> Background: ubuntu-calendar used to be a nice distributor of customized
> ubuntu desktop backgrounds. But people weren't very 'receptive' of naked
> people and the package died (I'm not gonna do context analysis of the
> pictures here).
>
> Can we use this "dynamic background" tip somehow to salvage
> ubuntu-calendar by making it a kind of a script that sucks feature
> desktop background pictures from wikimedia monthly until someone decides
> to fix that poor backlash-victim package?

There are in fact already > 700 'featured pictures' at Wikimedia
Commons. This is a open-content media repository primarily of use for
Wikipedia etc, but it is free as in speech - all content has to be
under a free license that allows commercial use and derviative works.
So I think it's the content counterpart to FOSSoftware.

If we could work out some way to work together, I feel certain the
Wikimedia Foundation would be very welcoming of that.

Have a browse in
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Featured_pictures or by
topic at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/COM:FP .

If anyone wants to forward my email/content details to any relevant
ubuntu folk (like ubuntu-art), please go ahead...

cheers,
Brianna




> Something is better than nothing... This won't bring back our naked
> people, but at least there will be something there...
>
> I know no programming, so I'm clueless about what I'm talking about...
>
> Thanks :)
>
> PS. Link to bug report about poor package: https://launchpad.net/bugs/77289
>
> PSS. Below is the email I'm replying to, just in case it's forgotten
> ------
> > Hello! Just looking for a quick bit of advice.
> >
> > I am involved with Wikimedia Commons, which is a free-licensed media
> > repository run by the Wikimedia Foundation (who also run Wikipedia).
> > One of the users has created a page that automatically updates with
> > each day's "picture of the day". See:
> > http://tools.wikimedia.de/~daniel/potd/potd.php
> >
> > So I would like to set my desktop to be
> > http://tools.wikimedia.de/~daniel/potd/potd.php/commons/1024x768.html
> > for example, so it will update each day.
> >
> > there are some instructions for KDE here -
> > http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Duesentrieb/POTD#POTD_on_your_desktop
> >
> > and I also found an interesting script for a GNOME 'wallpaper
> > randomiser' http://gnome-hacks.web.com/hacks.html?id=69
> >
> > I know some Python and can kind of fudge my way around shell
> > scripting, but not very well.
> >
> > Any tips?
> > I'm running GNOME on a Fedora Core 6 at work, and GNOME/Ubuntu (Breezy
> > I think) at home.
> >
> > thanks in advance for any advice!
> >
> > cheers,
> > Brianna
>
>
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