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desktop background can be video loop, flash, etc.

  

KDE4 Brainstorm

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Submitted:  Mar 10 2006

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I've often wanted to right click a video or a flash file and select "Set as desktop backgroiund". Too bad you can only set images as desktop backgrounds. :-(

An example of "etc" is BOINC climatepredictions's screensaver. Obviously backgrounds should be low motion, so as not to distract or confuse. That also makes for low processor load. It would be nice to set for desktop background:
*screensavers
*flash files
*video clips
*custom video windows - a program's can be autostarted and it's video window set to "fullscreen", except that desktop icons, windows, etc, would be in front of it (not technically a video window then)

In any case, this could be really pretty and impressive.




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 Planned

 
 by kkrizka on: Mar 10 2006
 
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I believe that I once read on the KDE dev's blogs that the KDE4's backgrounds will be modular. That is you can have different plugins that will have different effects (and even several at a time). So I suppose that your idea will be implemented.


Cheers,
Karol Krizka

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 Sort of works

 
 by BCMM on: Mar 10 2006
 
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Sorry if this is a repost, messed up the submission last time.

Some effects like that work already. There is a setting when configuring the background which lets you set an arbitrary program to generate a static background every X minutes, e.g. using xplanet to draw the earth every 15 minutes.

Alternatively, you can achieve an effect where a program looks like it's a moving desktop wallpaper by messing with the window specific settings a bit. ATM I have xmatrix from the xscreensaver package running as my background, and while it doesn't allow desktop icons or right-click on the desktop, everything else looks right (menus and windows never go behind it, etc.).

If anyone is interested, I could post screenshots and instructions.


bash-2.05b# cat /dev/mem | strings | grep -i llama
Damn, my RAM is full of llamas!

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 already done

 
 by nnn on: Mar 26 2006
 
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you can set a program to draw the desktop background, by clicking "advanced" (maybe not the exact name but I don't use english language in kde) on the panel where you normally choose your desktop image. there you can use "kwebdesktop" or "kworldclock" by default, but you can use your own programs.


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 done elsewhere

 
 by ssokolow on: Jun 2 2006
 
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I believe I saw the effect you describe in one of the Xgl+compiz demo videos that Novell released.

Maybe the code could be borrowed from there when they get around to adding AIGLX support to Kwin.


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