Inspired by Android’s neat ‘live wallpapers’ – in particular the Galaxy Live Wallpaper – a user named ‘ilap’ set about creating something similar for Ubuntu 10.10.
Making use of the Compiz plugin framework, ilap has created something really quite stunning – and this is in spite of him admitting that he lacked experience in OpenGL and Compiz plugin programming before starting the project.
Install : Android-style animated desktop wallpaper for Ubuntu
Installing the plugin is relatively straightforward. The instructions below assume you already have Compiz and the Compiz settings manager installed.
Open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) and enter the following two lines separately, hitting the ‘enter/return’ key after each.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ilap/lwp
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install compiz-plugins-livewallpapers
Proceed to enable and configure the plugin: -
1. Right click on the Desktop and choose ‘Change Desktop Background‘
2. Press the “Add” button
3. Enter “/usr/share/backgrounds” in “Location” field. Hit the return/enter key
4. Select ‘Space_by_ilap.jpg’
5. Press ”Open” followed by “Close”
After the background is changed you need to enable the “Galaxy Live Wallpaper” plugin via the CompizConfig Settings Manager. Launch it from:
Systems -> Preferences -> CompizConfig Settings Manager
The Compiz Configuration Settings Manager window will open. In the left-hand side pane select “Live Wallpapers” and check/enable ‘Galaxy Live Wallpaper’.
Toggle the live galaxy effect by pressing the “Super” (Windows logo button) and “F4” keys in unison.