I'm trying to create a live wallpaper slideshow that will display a specific image for every day of the year. Effectively a live desktop calendar.

I've seen the question How do I create a desktop wallpaper slideshow? , but I want to ask something more specific: How can I specify displaying a specific image on a specific date? For instance, is there an "isdate" boolean operator I can use here? Or Is there some way I could hack the <starttime> section to make it display a specific image by date? Or is there a better way to do this?

  • May be you could take some idea from omgubuntu.co.uk/2011/04/… – sagarchalise Apr 19 '11 at 17:31
  • Hmm. That's a start. But it only pulls the date once, during install, to set the <starttime>. I need something that would allow me to call the date from within .xml, not from the .sh file. Is it possible to "getdate" from this .xml? – Jay Apr 19 '11 at 18:17
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    If it was me, I'd probably move/copy/symlink it into a specific directory, then set up a daily cron job to look there for the day's wallpaper and set it accordingly. However, I leave it to someone with more free time than I to help beyond that. (In response to @RichardHolloway—askubuntu.com/questions/21787/…—linking here.) – zpletan Feb 28 '12 at 2:25

You can try using conky. If the tool can create a calendar or clock on desktop maybe it can also change the background?

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