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A Day in the Life by barid42 A Day in the Life by barid42
A changing wallpaper for Linux (tested on Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick). Size is 1366x768 (my desktop)

Instructions:
-copy the file to a directory where it won't bother you
-extract the files
-inside a terminal, cd into the folder that was created with the new files
-run "sh ./install" (without the quotes)

...and that should be it. You should now have a wallpaper that changes throughout the day. The images were borrowed from several online sources, and the xml script was borrowed from the All Day Long animated wallpaper found on gnome-look.org, by Edgar Rene Flores Balcazar.

I hope you enjoy it.
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:iconyetanotheranon:
yetanotheranon Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
For newer distros, (based on [link]); after you run the install script, you can manually set the XML wallpaper with the following command in the terminal window:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background picture-uri 'file:///path/to/A_Day_in_the_Life.xml'


Where /path/to/ is the path to your A_Day_in_the_Life.xml file.
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:iconyetanotheranon:
yetanotheranon Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
For newer distros, try this command in the terminal window:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background picture-uri 'file:///path/to/aDayInThelife_barid42/A_Day_in_the_Life.xml'

(where the install script placed the aDayInThelife_barid42/A_Day_in_the_Life.xml file)
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:iconmisiii:
misiii Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
awesome!
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:iconnovascotia902:
NovaScotia902 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Student Photographer
How do I get this to work with Ubuntu 12.04: Precise Pangolin?
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:iconhoeshle:
Hoeshle Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
I'll try this out as soon as I've got Linux installed again!
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:iconrailias:
Railias Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
with gnome 3 you can use the following:

[link]
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:iconmikeydoomy:
MikeyDoomy Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
I followed your instructions perfectly, being a Ubuntu user since 9.04 was released, and am now running 11.04 with classic desktop, I ran the install.sh and it said the background was set, but nothing on my desktop changed?
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:iconkostisth:
kostisth Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
hey any idea how this can work on xubuntu?
i tried it and nothing happened....
i had it on ubuntu but now i can't use it on xubuntu :(
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:iconmalusina:
Malusina Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Hermoso
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:iconkadai:
kadai Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey, your work got featured on a TV program named "Fr@tal", of a mexican channel named "ForoTV". I have not found the video, but it was a few minutes ago.
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:iconguillermova:
GuillermoVA Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This work has been featured in Mexican TV!:eyepopping:
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:iconbarid42:
barid42 Featured By Owner May 7, 2011   Traditional Artist
I haven't checked the comments in a while. Seems like there's some buzz around this. Awesome.

To answer a few questions I noticed:

-I don't think this is able to be installed in Windows, and I realize that it does not jive with Gnome3
-There is no additional process used by this, so all you need to do is change wallpapers.
-I'm not sure why the wallpaper sometimes doesn't match the time of day. Feel free to mess with the xml file to change when the different wallpapers come in.
-The location in the picture is somewhere in New Zealand. No idea where, but it's a beautiful country overall.

I also noticed that someone put a tutorial on YouTube, which explains the many comments. Glad people like it.

Cheers!

Dave
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:iconturtlekingdom:
TurtleKingdom Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
For some reason mine only shows night time pictures and currently there is a ton of sunlight outside (5pm). Would be great if they had a wallpaper that integrated with your time zone. I came across one, but the image was very cartoon-ish for lasting appeal. I will give this one till tomorrow to see if it catches up or changes at all. If we actually do need to mess around with the script, then I think the person who upload this wallpaper should re-upload the fixed version (The file is not that big after all).
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:icontherealpadster:
theRealPadster Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
awesome!
but it shouldn't be in metacity themes, it should be in wallpaper.
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:iconjg-studios:
JG-Studios Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Lookin Good!

Great idea!
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:iconthomasynchrotron:
Thomasynchrotron Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
hi just wondering where is this place
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:iconwebroasters:
webroasters Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Dude, great stuff, man. Thanks
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:iconthewisedj:
TheWiseDj Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
A suggestion:

Remove the non-unique images (the merged ones) and keep the other ones, then configure them to change every 6 hours (with overlay) like this:


<background>
<starttime>
<year>$year</year>
<month>$month</month>
<day>$day</day>
<hour>$hour</hour>
<minute>$minute</minute>
<second>01</second>
</starttime>


<transition type="overlay">
<duration>21600.0</duration>
<from>$dir/24.png</from>
<to>$dir/06.png</to>
</transition>

<transition type="overlay">
<duration>21600.0</duration>
<from>$dir/06.png</from>
<to>$dir/12.png</to>
</transition>

<transition type="overlay">
<duration>21600.0</duration>
<from>$dir/12.png</from>
<to>$dir/18.png</to>
</transition>

<transition type="overlay">
<duration>21600.0</duration>
<from>$dir/18.png</from>
<to>$dir/24.png</to>
</transition>
</background>
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JanusDC Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
It is a very nice work!

Just a little question: How can I uninstall it? It suffices to change my wallpaper and remove the files? Is there any process running that I should stop?

Cheers.
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ahmadmuizz Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
hye
somebody please tell me how to enable this in windows
sorry i'm still a windows user
but this wallpaper is awesome
im going to install natty narwhal after its fully released
but i want to enable this wallpaper on both OS
pleaseeee =)
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:iconlolmaker93:
lolmaker93 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

>windows

get ubuntu 11.04, it's free!

www.ubuntu.com/download
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:iconuntuwaliachi:
untuwaliachi Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
i can't open the archive... it says, not supported... :(
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:iconuntuwaliachi:
untuwaliachi Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
okay... successful... thanks for this... it's awesome...:)
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:iconalessoo:
Alessoo Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You need to install the 7z package to unzip it, just write in the console

sudo apt-get install p7zip

:)
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:iconrasa13:
Rasa13 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
wow, beautiful!
great work! <3 Thanks
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:iconakumasaint:
akumasaint Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
Nice. Trying out already and I'm loving it
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:iconalecive:
alecive Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011   Interface Designer
Hi! Could you please tell me where you borrowed those images? I'm wondering if I'll find few more images related to this, so the changes will be more frequent!

And, if not, maybe in that website I'll can find different changing background images.. :)

Thanks in advance!
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:icontoastblues:
ToastBlues Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Gonna test it later this day.
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:iconjclayson89:
jclayson89 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011   Filmographer
err noob question... What exactly does "inside a terminal, cd into the folder that was created with the new files" mean?
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SamusAranFreak Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Open a terminal. It can be found in the Accessories section of the menu, or if you're already using 11.04, just type "Ter" into the Unity search box and it will show up.

Then navigate to the folder with the extracted files by typing "cd [FOLDER NAME HERE]" into the terminal and pressing Enter.

Then type "sh ./install" without the quotes.
Done. :D
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:iconubuntubook:
Ubuntubook Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
What Would I Type if I saved it in my downloads folder
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:iconsamusaranfreak:
SamusAranFreak Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
[link]

Just cd into the Downloads folder. Be aware that it begins with a capital D, that's important when you're working with the terminal.
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:iconuntuwaliachi:
untuwaliachi Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
i was also wondering on how to do the 'cd' thing... haha.. thanks for explaining...
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:iconbarid42:
barid42 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011   Traditional Artist
Oh, and sad to hear this doesn't work in gnome3. Hope it gets added.
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:iconbarid42:
barid42 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011   Traditional Artist
I didn't expect so much feedback. Glad I'm generating interest, if nothing else.

In short, the reason I don't make a higher resolution is that it would just be me going in and up-sizing each png file, and that's something that I'm sure each of you could do. In order to make a larger version with full resolution, I'd be starting from scratch.

If anyone else would like, feel free to use the concept (and the xml generator script) to create a larger version, with maybe different scenery, etc.

inb4 tl;dr

Cheers!
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:iconconnor-beaton:
Connor-Beaton Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
You could probably grab stills from a 24-hour time lapse to produce an authentic set of changing wallpapers, but until somebody does so, I'm quite happy with this. Nicely done! :)
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:iconabarbaneld:
abarbaneld Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice Work!
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:iconabarbaneld:
abarbaneld Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work
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:iconmystilleef:
Mystilleef Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Doesn't work on GNOME 3.
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:iconspydereye13:
spydereye13 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
I love these, great work!

Mind if I "borrow" your installer for my own animated backgrounds?
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:iconfverdeja93:
fverdeja93 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Why don't you create a wallpaper with a better resolution?
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:iconhbbs:
HbbS Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Is there a chance you could provide this wallpaper on large resolutions?

1080p

1200p
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:iconblitz-bomb:
Blitz-Bomb Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Very nice idea going to give this a try thanks :)
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:iconalespana:
Alespana Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Student Interface Designer
really a good job!
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:icondavidfryuk:
davidfryuk Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Nice tool, can't wait to see what other people do as the '24' hour background images I am sure there will be lots of fun to be had :tux:
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:iconbarid42:
barid42 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the positive feedback. If you look at the individual files, you can see how the wallpaper will progress as the day goes on. Personally, I love the wallpaper that runs, I believe, from 9 til midnight.

I had been beating myself up a bit for some of the artifacts between the foreground and the sky, and the colors could be better, but overall, I like the scenery and skies I chose.

Cheers!
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jimbobadobalob Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
Any possible chance of getting this to work with Ubuntu 11.10?
I have installed it and it states that it did so without error, but the wallpaper does not show and is not in the settings.
Any ideas?
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leomeloxp Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Really wanna give it a try, good job =]
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:icond0od:
d0od Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Very neat!
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