GNOME users have long been left out in the cold when searching for a good looking & easily-themeable ‘Weather Wallpaper’ application.
Over a year ago I ran down the Gnome-friendly alternatives to KDE’s slick weather wallpaper plug-in and found, perhaps unsurprisingly, very slim pickings. A year on, is the forecast looking brighter? (Last weather-related pun, honest!)
Weatherpaper is a stylish, ever-changing and informative utility that sets your desktop wallpaper inside to an image conveying the weather outside.
- It’s fully themeable – create and package your own wallpaper set
- uses data from weather.com
- can display various information on an overlay
- Choose interval for checking forecast
- Set preferred units for temperature
If the default look doesn’t do much for you (and admittedly it probably won’t) then creating your own custom weather pack requires only two things: patience and plenty of weather-related imagery. There’s an excellent guide on getting up & running over on the WeatherPaper wiki: –
Want it? Follow this quick step through to get weather-based wallpaper draped over your desktop: –
- Download WeatherPaper here
- Extract the folder somewhere accessible
- Open a terminal, navigate to the extracted folder using ‘cd 0.2.2-linux/’
- Now enter the following command to install: –
- sudo sh install.sh
- Head up to Applications > Accessories > WP Settings to enter your location & set you preferences before launching the app via Applications > Accessories > WeatherPaper