the wallpaper they have always been a very strong adaptation component within operating systems. Since the beginning of graphical interface-based environments, its use has made it possible to adapt the main part of the system, the desktop, to the user’s taste.
Of nature, sports, abstract or surreal, there are themes for all tastes but, one that certainly catches the attention of users, are those that include a dynamic component in its development. Here we show you how to install himawaripy, A dynamic desktop based on your own planet Earth which will make your desktop look great at any time of the day (or night).
Himawaripy is not a wallpaper per se, If not a small script developed in Python which, thanks to photographic shots taken by the Himawari 8 satellite on planet Earth and overturned on the Japanese Meteorological Institute, establishes these images as the wallpaper of our system.
Geopositional satellites they have a negative point and is that, once they are in space, they rotate at the same time as the planet they are photographing and Himawari 8 is located on the Australasia area of Earth. For that, we will not be able to choose which part of the planet we want to appear as a background.
The internal process that develops himawaripy is simple and is achieved through 1 cron programmed into the system every 10 minutes, Which will update the background automatically. The script can also be configured so that the image has more detail, always being aware that this involves a larger download size.
Getting started with the app is easy from its own website and its compatibility is very high, since it has been tested on the following Linux desktops: Unity 7, Mate 1.8.1, Pantheon, and LXDE. In GNOME 3 and KDE it has not been tested yet, which does not necessarily mean that it will fail.
- we will start with download the program (which does not exist in installer version) compressed in a ZIP file from Himawaripy’s own website.
- Since we have to install manually the downloaded file, we will need the following Pyhton package which is not included by default in the system:
sudo apt install python3-setuptools
- We will go to the directory where we downloaded, unzip the ZIP file and enter the following command through the terminal:
cd himawaripy-master sudo python3 setup.py install
- Now, we can verify its operation if we make a manual call of the program by means of the following command, that will carry out a download of the image of the Earth:
- Finally, we only have to schedule the cron to perform the downloads with the selected time. To do this, we will enter the order:
- And we will add the following line:
*/10 * * * * /usr/local/bin/himawaripy
The results are very surprising and is that the photos of the Earth always keep a great beauty. Long live wallpapers!
source: OMG Ubuntu!