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I am running 12.04 and have followed the instructions here:

Is it possible to have a different background for each workspace?

to get a different wallpaper per workspace. It works by disabling nautilus' drawing of the desktop and enables the Compiz wallpaper plug-in. But since I've done that my conky will not longer appear.

Here's the relevant portion of it:

background yes
use_xft yes
xftfont Sans:size=10
xftalpha 0.9
update_interval 1.0
total_run_times 0

own_window yes
own_window_type desktop
own_window_title "conky"
own_window_hints undecorated,below,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager

double_buffer yes
minimum_size 180 5
maximum_width 200
draw_shades no
draw_outline no
draw_borders no
draw_graph_borders no

default_color white
default_shade_color red
default_outline_color green

alignment top_right

gap_x 12
gap_y 28
no_buffers yes
uppercase no
cpu_avg_samples 2
override_utf8_locale no
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Edit this line own_window_type desktop to own_window_type normal. In most cases this will work. If it doesn't, change the line to own_window_type dock.

For more configuration:

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