Animate your desktop with LiveWallpaper 0.3, animated-desktop-wallpaper tool
Ubuntu offers a pleasant-to-the-eye set of default wallpapers, aspect that can be enriched via numerous wallpaper-related applications (focused on both gathering images from online and offline sources, as well as creating slideshows).
Nevertheless, there are users "demanding" extra (as related to the used desktop wallpaper), extra in the sense of more-than-an-image, approach that can be satisfied via LiveWallpaper.
LiveWallpaper has been designed with bringing animated OpenGL wallpapers on the desktop, definitely pushing a modern look & feel to the desktop.
An interesting aspect of LiveWallpaper 0.3 is its stand-alone "nature", meaning, the newly released version shifts the utility from a Compiz plugins part to an independent, separate utility.
A first consequence is its ease of use, uninstall, launch, etc, basically, the app presents itself as a regular desktop app (with dedicated icon).
At the moment (the tool is in a "daily" stage), launching the app exposes only a cosmic-movement animated wallpaper, displaying on the desktop numerous cosmic "bodies" moving around a full-of-light center.
In order to set the animated wallpaper as a desktop wall, open the Dash, type
livewallpaper in the search area and click the LiveWallpaper icon, action that directly launches the animated desktop (also "hiding" the desktop icons).
Basic yet proper implementation is an aspect immediately noticeable, in situations like clicking Unity launcher's Workspace Switcher (and thus triggering the 4 default "desktops"), continues to show the "moving" animation (as opposed to freezing the animated wall and displaying it as a static image, during the workspace switching).
How do we install LiveWallpaper 0.3?
Add the following official PPA (Precise, Quantal)
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fyrmir/livewallpaper-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install livewallpaper
After the installation, LiveWallpaper is automatically added to the startup applications, in order to disable it, navigate to
Startup Applications (available via the Dash)-->uncheck LiveWallpaper