It seems there are more ways to change desktop wallpaper in Ubuntu than there are wallpapers.

DesktopNova is another tray-based tool for switching between wallpapers but one which , thanks to Michael Otto (who has also made a Virtualbox indicator), now has a shiny application indicator to control it with.


Installation for Ubuntu 10.10 via PPA sound good? Add ppa:michael-astrapi/ppa to your software sources or open a terminal and run the following command: –

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:michael-astrapi/ppa

The following command will install the required app and indicator: –

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install desktopnova indicator-desktopnova

Get it working

First configure Desktop Nova via Applications > Accessories > DesktopNova. Choose a folder full of wallpapers, enable the ‘GNOME 0.2’ module, hit the save button followed by the ‘start daemon’ button.

The Indicator can be launched from the ‘Applications > Accessories’ sub-menu.

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