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Before people flag this as an exact duplicate of How can I use a .html file as desktop background/wallpaper? please let me clarify .

Unlike that question where he just wants desktop icons for launching webapps , I want to use a HTML page as a background because I have a Slideshow as a HTML file which retrieves images from many sources . I want to be able to set this as a background just like in Windows XP. Is this possible ?

I heard from someone that I can use screenlets , but I would like to avoid that if possible.


If not possible with Compiz or nautilus, what about with other display managers ? Gnome Shell, XFCE, LDXE etc ?

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Just so you know, Compiz, Nautilus, GNOME Shell, XFCE, LXDE, etc. are not display managers. – Thomas Boxley Jun 6 '12 at 0:37

You cannot do this with Nautilus or Compiz, no. I don't know what exactly the screenlets you are talking about are, but the general answer is no. File managers and the window manager, do not use a webkit view to draw the background and icons. This works in Windows, because the file manager and web browser, are the same thing. In Ubuntu, they aren't.

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In Windows 7, I'm not sure if this is possible anymore either. Since in Windows 7, you have the ability to "disable" Internet Explorer, I think they went ahead and removed the dependency on Windows Explorer to Internet Explorer, and vice versa. – Thomas Boxley Jun 6 '12 at 0:39

kde 4.9 does support animated and interactive backgrounds... it's just a matter of adding a ppa and installing the kubuntu-plasma-desktop.

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would you be so kind and provide more information, ppa name for example? kubuntu-plasma-desktop is not available from regular repositories? – carnendil Feb 19 '13 at 16:53

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