Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Making an OS Look Cool with Wallpapers [UPDATED]

[UPDATE] - - When I originally posted this article, I was using DropBox for storage of the wallpaper files. This worked perfectly. but since then, DropBox has severely limited free accounts (see article here - http://www.atnpc.com/2019/06/dropbox-pulling-rug-out-from-under-me.html ).

I have since tested pCloud and, although it is a superior storage option in many ways, it does not work as a storage facility for the mentioned wallpaper apps.

So now, I put a copy of all cool wallpapers I find in pCloud, then download that folder to the hard drive of whatever computer I am setting up.

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 One of the things that I require of my Operating System is that it looks good. One of the ways to do this is with cool wallpaper

cool wallpaper here

One of the things I have always appreciated about Xubuntu and most xfce desktops is the way they help you manage your wallpaper. It's just as simple as right-clicking on the desktop and selecting "desktop settings".

From here it gets fun. You can select what folder you want it to access for wallpapers. For me, I have a master folder with all kinds of wallpapers in my pCloud folder.

get pCloud here

You can set a different wallpaper for each screen if you have more than one monitor, or you can set one wallpaper to span all screens. That is the coolest custom effect to make an OS look great.

And, you can set it to change your wallpaper every so many seconds, minutes, or hours (or at startup, or every day, etc.).

But, as I stray into other Linux distributions that do not use an xfce desktop, like Deepin or Pinguy OS,

get Deepin here

get Pinguy OS here

what do I do for cool wallpaper automatic changes every 5 minutes (or whatever time interval suits my mood)?

There is a cool program called "Variety"

Variety link 1

Variety link 2

Deepin has it available in the Deepin App Store, and Pinguy OS alread has it installed.

Variety has cool wallpapers natively, AND it will go to various websites and download more. You can customize how often it does this, and where it stores them. Of course, I have a special folder in my Wallpaper folder in Dropbox so I can share across all of my machines.

Variety also lets me import my wallpapers from DropBox so my list is huge.
























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