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Stewart Gateley
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New command line version is available for download. You can use this for adding to your crontab or startup items. Both the GUI mode and command line mode now use case insensitive searches and sort alphabetically.

There is no Random mode as you cannot specify this in the XML, but they can be shuffled which should be sufficient if the script is being ran via some scheduler. The one I just put up now is a bit of a quick hack, I will need to do some refactoring as there is now a lot of duplicate code for the GUI and command line modes and I will incorporate shuffling into the next one via a command line option.

I've got some other projects I am working on right now but eventually I would like to add an advanced mode to the GUI that would allow you to order the images any way you want and set the durations for each image individually. - Jun 16 2010
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You might try using the new command line mode. I have altered the exception handling in the command line mode so they should be compatible with 2.5 but this is still untested. - Jun 16 2010
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Unfortunately I do not have Python 2.5 available for testing. You can try to delete the ~/.gnome-wallpaper-slideshow folder and execute the program again. You are not getting the run dialog either because your old version of Gnome does not support it or because gvim is set as the default mime handler for .py files.

If deleting the folder does not work, you can create the xml file manually as described in my blog post which this program was written for http://blog.stewartgateley.com/2010/05/how-to-create-desktop-wallpaper.html. - Jun 14 2010
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I will try to publish a new version this week that uses case insensitive file extensions and adds a command line execution mode which would allow you to execute it from a cron script or your startup items. I could add a 'Watch this folder for changes' option but that would require the application to write itself to your local crontab or to run continuously and listen for dbus events, which are a bit outside of its scope. It is meant to be a execute and halt script.

The settings are stored in ~/.gnome-wallpaper-slideshow/gnome-wallpaper-slideshow.config.

It would be nice to use online galleries, but gnome does not allow URLs for the filenames and it would be impossible to parse all of the different sites. I thought about a new tool which would subscribe to a 'Wallpaper of the day' rss feed but I could not find any such feeds. - Jun 14 2010
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I put up a new source version here and created a new google code project @ http://code.google.com/p/gnome-wallpaper-slideshow/. I will try to get a deb up shortly. Please use the google code project as the official version. It also includes the GPL license and author information.

You might also be interested in my Rhythmbox Dynamic Mode plugin. It keeps your playlist full with recommendations from Last.fm. Default values are set for a very cohesive playlist, but all values can be tweaked through the Rhythmbox UI and are saved in gconf.

Thanks for your consideration in UUE, I am very flattered. I had an idea to extend this app even further with an advanced mode to show a preview of all the images in the directory selected, allow you to re-organize and delete them and set the duration, transition and effects per file. I am starting to kick off a new GoogleTV media player project though so that will likely be on hold for a bit. - May 25 2010
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New version saves state as requested. Enjoy! - May 25 2010
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I am glad you like it enough to want to submit it for inclusion in Ubuntu Ultimate Edition. You are free to do with it whatever you please, that includes modifying it and redistributing it. That said however, for inclusion with a distribution release I would want to include the requests of erosenninrho above for saving state and package it as a deb. - May 24 2010
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It would be really simple to implement saving the settings as either gconf keys or in a .conf file. I thought about doing so, but I shied away from it since it is just a downloadable and executable python file. If you deleted it, the config file or gconf settings would still be littered on the system... something I am not a fan of. To implement that I would want to package it up as a deb file so I could remove the settings upon uninstall. I could do that if there was enough demand (and there may be judging by the number of downloads so far), or I could simply provide a patch or alternate copy for you.

As for a wallpaper pack, check out Day of Ubuntu: http://dylanmccall.googlepages.com/DayOfUbuntuSlideshow.tar.gz

What's cool about this pack is it will continuously morph all day. It already includes an xml file with hard coded paths to /usr/share/backgrounds/day_of_ubuntu, but if you wanted to just extract the images and use my tool, set the picture duration to 1 hour and the transition duration to 5 hours. - May 24 2010
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Thanks, I'm glad you liked it. - May 24 2010