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Changing wallpapers

The fresh air of the Swiss Alps is good for many things. I came here to work on KDE Edu mostly but I’ll be reporting first about some contribution to Plasma. During the last weeks I’ve been working, during my BlueSystems time, on a new plugin that will let you have a wallpaper written in QtQuick. I think it’s a very interesting step because it will provide a simpler way to draw KDE Plasma Wallpapers that can react to things. For now I created a couple of wallpapers: One that’s really ugly and another one that fetches ASCII animals from the interwebz and makes it move randomly from time to time. The good news is that it just works, that it has not a noticeable performance impact 1, that it’s terribly easy to write one and that it’s incredibly fun to play with them. 🙂

1 if you don’t make expensive stuff in the script, of course PS: if anybody is interested in having such wallpapers working on KDE 4.9, please tell me and we’ll manage it 😉


  1. Samuel Orr

    I really like that. It seems like a lot is possible with QtQuick which is keeping me on KDE for the foreseeable future. One of the main ways I customize my system is with a nice background, so it would be neat to have more interactive or interesting backgrounds. (Without them being annoying or resource heavy of course). Something like a really subtle animated aurora would be neat.

  2. Paolo

    Cool! Great! 🙂

    I’ve not understood one thing: will this plugin be merged in KDE 4.9.x or in KDE 4.10?

    thanks for your work. 🙂

    BTW: now asciiquarium can be improved 😉

  3. sebas

    @Paolo it will be released in kdeplasma-addons with 4.10. The plugin is in principle compatible with 4.9, so you could install and use it there as well. 4.9 is feature frozen, so it won’t be added upstream until 4.10.

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