[UbuntuWomen] GNOME - making a dynamic wallpaper

t u towsonu2003 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 1 06:40:20 UTC 2007


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?

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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