Creating a rotating wallpaper "stack" for your Ubuntu 10.04 (and other Gnome 2.28) system

Zach over at zach.stuff has written and posted an excellent little Python script to generate the XML files necessary to set up a rotating background in Gnome.

Just put your backgrounds in one directory, point the script at it, and voila, one background.xml, ready to go.

After that, it’s just a matter of selecting the XML file.

  1. Start the Appearances dialog by right-clicking on the background and choosing Change Desktop Background
  2. In the lower-right corner, Press the Add button.
  3. When the file browser pops up, navigate to the directory that houses your images.
  4. change the File Type from “Images” to “All Files”.  The background.xml file should now be visible in the list.

  5. When you have added the background.xml file, your image “stack” will show up in the selection dialog:

That’s all there is to it, friends and neighbors.  So go out there and enjoy a bit more change in your life!

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