Space Is Big-See It All!

I have a huge collection of NASA photos taken from the Astronomy Pic of the Day Web site ( stored in a folder in my Dropbox. No matter what computer system I'm using, I rotate those images on my background, getting a virtual tour of the universe on every screen. Oddly enough, it can be challenging to get that image rotation to work well in Linux. I've mentioned some wallpaper-rotating applications before, but Slidewall is really pretty cool.

Slidewall includes a small dæmon process to change GNOME-based desktop wallpaper images. It's in the Ubuntu 12.04+ repositories, but it will work with any GNOME-based system. Rotating a wallpaper collection works well, but Slidewall goes the extra mile and will fetch collections live from the Internet, or it can display a live picture of the Earth showing which parts have sunlight and which don't. Slidewall is a huge step forward in desktop wallpaper management, and if you have a difficult time deciding what picture to use as your background, now you don't have to choose just one!

Shawn is Associate Editor here at Linux Journal, and has been around Linux since the beginning. He has a passion for open source, and he loves to teach. He also drinks too much coffee, which often shows in his writing.

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