For those like me who have an extensive collection of wallpapers and do not want to be changing these wallpapers every now and then one by one manually, Ubuntu a while ago it gives us the chance to create our own rotating wallpapersSure, but how?
We can do this in two ways.
1) One would be taking the rotating wallpaper as an example cosmos which already comes by default in the Ubuntu installation.
To do this we will enter nautilus in root mode in the folder where this type of wallpapers is located.
Then, we press Alt + F2 and in the execution field we enter the following command:
gksudo nautilus / usr / share / backgrounds /
We enter the folder / Cosmos / and within it we find the following files.
What interests us in our case is the archive background-1.xml, This is the file where we will define the wallpapers we will use, the transition time between themselves and the time to display each.
We then return to the folder / Backgrounds / and we create a new folder, e.g. / Aurora /.
From the folder / Cosmos / we copy only the file background-1.xml and we rename it e.g. Aurora.xml and we move it to the folder / Aurora /.
In this folder we also copy the wallpapers we want to rotate, in my case I had the following:
We open the file Aurora.xml with some publisher, e.g. Gedit and we started to modify it, we changed the location and name of the file and the times, this will allow us to know the variables that are used in this XML file for the transitions, the times, etc. what will serve us to do something more elaborate later or simply to know.
In my case the file is as follows Aurora.xml
here I put the Aurora folder so that they download it and analyze it also as an example, remember that if they want to copy to their system it must be in: / Usr / share / backgrounds /.
Finally to activate we right-click on the desktop, select the option Change the desktop background take the lapel background we select Add, We select the option All files and we headed to the folder where we save our XML file, in my case / Usr / share / backgrounds / Aurora /, And select the file Aurora.xml and voila !! our ready-to-use rotating wallpaper.
2) The other alternative is to download this simple package to create these types of wallpapers, it is called XML Slides Creator and what it does is simply create the XML file with the wallpaper data and sample and transition times.
To use it, select the folder where our wallpapers are located, define the XML file name and the sample and transition times. Finally we can define immediately apply at this same time the rotating wallpaper created.
Sure, this is the easiest and fastest way, but at least now you know how to generate these colorful rotating wallpapers that give that particular touch to your desktop.