Thursday, March 11, 2010

'Real-time' earth wallpaper

These are steps to install a 'real-time earth wallpaper which looks like this:

As you can see, this really cool wallpaper will show you the entire map of the world alongwith real-time (yes! real time!) data on which parts of the planet are having sunlight/daylight etc.

I'm currently using it, and personally this is one of my fav wallpapers. I would suggest you to give this a try.

How to install:

Download the file from here:

Next, right click on the file which you have just downloaded, go to Properties and the Permissions. Now select the Allow executing file as program option.

Now simply double click on it and select the open in terminal option.

To select the wallpaper go to System > Preference > Appearance and select the Background tab. Now the location of the wallpaper is at /home/username/.gnome2/world_sunlight_Wallpaper.jpg (username being your own username). The .gnome2 folder is a hidden one. To view it, select Ctrl + H keys while browsing for the wallpaper.

To make sure that the 'real-time' mechanism works 24x7, you need to add it as a startup app. To do that, go to System > Preference > Startup Applications. Click on Add and then type in/browse the location of the file that you had downloaded (not the wallpaper mind you, the downloaded file).

Thats it.

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