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    Wallpaper changer that works

    I just installed Xubuntu 12.04 on my laptop and am looking for a wallpaper changer that works. I tried the ones in the Software center and none of them work at all. Am I doing something wrong? I tried Variety, Wally, Wallch, Slidewall. None of them work at all. I'm sure I am doing something wrong. Please asdise how I can get one of the screensavers to work. Thanks!!
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    Re: Wallpaper changer that works

    With respect to a wallpaper changer, try this:

    1. In SettingsManager -> Desktop, select the "Image List" option and add to the image list, the wallpapers that you want to cycle.

    2. Create a cron entry to reload xfdesktop (which in turn will change the wallpaper to a random one in the list you created in step #1. To do so, in a terminal window, enter the following command:
    Code:
    crontab -e
    ...and use your arrow keys to go to the bottom of the file and add the following line:
    Code:
    */15 * * * * DISPLAY=:0.0 xfdesktop --reload > /dev/null 2>&1
    ...note, the /15 refers to the change frequency time - in the example above, it will cycle every 15 minutes. To make it cycle for example every 5 minutes, us "/5" instead.

    Then, to save the file:
    - ctrl+x
    - Y
    - <press the enter key>

    Please asdise how I can get one of the screensavers to work.
    Not sure what you mean here.

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    Re: Wallpaper changer that works

    Thanks. I will try that and see what happens.

    Regarding my last statement:


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    Please advise how I can get one of the screensavers to work.


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    Please advise how I can get one of the desktop wallpaper changers to work.
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    Re: Wallpaper changer that works

    Like this?
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    Re: Wallpaper changer that works

    Maybe I'm missing something but doesn't the Xfce Desktop Settings dialog offer the option to shuffle the image list every X minutes??

    Works perfectly here.

    EDIT: Oops, that only applies to Xfce 4.10. Well there's another valid option for you
    Last edited by LewisTM; August 31st, 2012 at 02:30 PM.
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    Re: Wallpaper changer that works

    I thought it did as well. Maybe that's only in the 4.10 version? 12.04 uses 4.8.
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    Re: Wallpaper changer that works

    Why not install 4.10 from the PPA? It's perfectly safe and brings in new features.
    https://launchpad.net/~xubuntu-dev/+archive/xfce-4.10

    Enjoy!
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    Last edited by LewisTM; August 31st, 2012 at 02:37 PM.
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    Re: Wallpaper changer that works

    Thanks. I will do that. I just wanted to make sure it was safe to do this.
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    Re: Wallpaper changer that works

    Once I install the ppa do I just do a sudo apt-get update/upgrade?
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    Re: Wallpaper changer that works

    Quote Originally Posted by rmcellig View Post
    Once I install the ppa do I just do a sudo apt-get update/upgrade?
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop -y
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