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More Solutions for Auto-Switching Linux Wallpaper

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Earlier this week, we showed you how to auto-change desktop backgrounds in Ubuntu using a small script and a scheduling tool. Turns out a good number of our commenters were already hip to dynamic, time-tracking wallpaper, and have found easier, more full-featured means of keeping their desktops fresh—and using some pretty cool backgrounds as well. Let's take a look at what else you can do to keep your Linux desktop fresh without a lot of hassle.

Gnome Wallchanger

Martin Owens, author of the original wallpaper-changing script I detailed, wrote to let us know that he'd since built that little function into a complete app with a user interface, a great feature list, and integrated scheduling through Linux's cron tool. The really cool features are the ability to auto-grab wallpaper from any RSS feed (including Flickr), or set up searches through deviantArt that auto-delivers fresh wallpaper to your desktop. You decide how often to rotate the wallpaper (minutes, hours, days, months), and where to stash the downloads, and once you set the job, there's no background app necessary to run. Here's the single-screen setup:

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