Thursday, October 29, 2009

Stunning Random Wallpapers for your [openSUSE GNOME] Desktop

I came across an interesting project named Webilder. It is so awesome.

Webilder can...
- download flickr photos that match tags (for example: beach,party)
- download photos from flickr users of your choice.
- download most interesting photos from flickr.
- download amazing daily proshots from Webshots (requires Webshots account).
- automatically download new photos for you.
- change your wallpaper every few minutes.
- import webshots collections (wbz or wbc formats).

Webilder includes...
- a simple photo collection browser, that will let you view the images in fullscreen, or set them as a wallpaper.
- browser integration for webshots - downloaded images are automatically added to your collection.
- command-line photo downloader.

I've got some stunning wallpapers from Flickr's daily feed of Interesting Photoes. I experimented with few keywords like: Gothic, Smile, Beautiful, Pretty, etc. And I got some wonderful pictures.

Sample Screenshots from my Desktop





openSUSE was not having rpms for this package. So I went ahead and created a build-service project for this. Go GRAB The RPM :-) (1-click install)

After installing the rpm, right-click on your gnome-panel and add "Webilder" from "Add to Panel..." You can click on this icon and launch webilder any time you want. From Tools -> Preferences you can choose the flickr tags, time after which wallpaper should change automatically, configure webshots account etc. Make sure you enable "Download Interesting Photoes" under flickr tab.

Thanks a lot to Nadav Samet for the awesome application. There were some small bugs in the software but there are some excellent wallpapers that I am getting that make me ignore these minor issues. I hope we get enough contributors to get these minor issues fixed and more features added (Download only high-res images, etc.)

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Gothic, Smile, Beautiful, Pretty, etc."

Where is the smile?

Sankar said...

Anon: That is what I will get when I look at the photoes ;-)

Vijesh said...

The installation is not getting completed. Downloading Webilder.. Installing Webilder..

its x86_64

Nikanth Karthikesan said...

Very nice.. But not working in SLED 11. Can you add SLED 11 to your project?

Also what happens when you go off-line? Just stops changing the wall paper?

Anonymous said...

Why not to push the package to Contrib (http://en.opensuse.org/Contrib) instead of creating project with only one package?

qhartman said...

That second image is STUNNING. Do you happen to know who the photographer was so I can get a copy of the original?

Sankar said...

Nikanth: Added a repository for SLED 11. The rpm should be ready anytime soon.

STiCK: I will push once I make sure it is working fine and get confirmed from someone that the .spec file is correct. I had to add some "Buildrequires" to workaround https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=463278

qhartman: The original image url is: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aknacer/4052791223/ Enjoy :-)

Anonymous said...

That fisrt image is STUNNING. Do you happen to know who the photographer was so I can get a copy of the original?

Sankar said...

Anon: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bamawester/4053181611/

qhartman said...

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

What's the command to launch Webilder? I'm having trouble adding the item to my gnome panel because I don't have the right command. It does not show up in the list or menu automatically.
webilder_d seems to be right, but I can't get it to work.

Sankar said...

opencamp: You should be able to right-click on panel and chose "add to panel" and add webilder. Let me know if it doesn't work.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, but I still not have a GUI option to add to panel.
I'm on 11.3, running Gnome 2.32...

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