Is there any program which can run a 'live wallpaper' like the ones in Android? I've searched quite a bit but haven't found anything usable yet. anibg looks promising, but it is not working in 12.10.
You can use a video file or a screensaver as your wallpaper with VDesk, which can be downloaded here: http://www.gnome-look.org/CONTENT/content-files/141678-VDesk_1.3.zip.
Just download the file, extract it, open a terminal window,
cd to the folder where you extracted the archive, and run
sudo ./installer && ./VDesk.
Next you'll get a very simple wizard which allows you to use a video file or a screensaver as your wallpaper.
The Compiz-plugins-livewallpapers project has been abandoned by its developer, in order to be rewritten as a standalone application. That's why you should now remove the package compiz-plugins-livewallpapers and the ppa fyrmir/compiz-plugins, and add the ppa:fyrmir/livewallpaper-stable and then install the package livewallpaper.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fyrmir/compiz-plugins sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install compiz-plugins-livewallpapers
Then launch ccsm (compizconfig-settings-manager). Enable the livewallpaper plugin and then Galaxy or Nexus plugin.
Check the autostart option to enable it on session startup.
Enlightenment (window manager) supports animated backgrounds. Those are quite heavy on the CPU though.
Xplanetfx is also a choice (it's a GUI that controls xplanet). This is limited to rendering planet, but it's quite easy to use with the GUI.
FOR UBUNTU 11.04
You can try this Compiz plugin which simulates Android's Galaxy Live Wallpaper (instructions from this OMG! Ubuntu article):
Installing the plugin is relatively straightforward. The instructions below assume you already have Compiz and the Compiz settings manager installed.
Open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) and enter the following two lines separately, hitting the enter key after each.
- sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ilap/lwp
- sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install compiz-plugins-livewallpapers
Proceed to enable and configure the plugin: -
- Right click on the Desktop and choose ‘Change Desktop Background’
- Press the “Add” button
- Enter “/usr/share/backgrounds” in “Location” field. Hit the return/enter key
- Select “Space_by_ilap.jpg”
- Press “Open” followed by “Close”
After the background is changed you need to enable the “Galaxy Live Wallpaper” plugin via the CompizConfig Settings Manager. Launch it from:
**Systems -> Preferences -> CompizConfig Settings Manager**
The Compiz Configuration Settings Manager window will open. In the left-hand side pane select “Live Wallpapers” and check/enable ‘Galaxy Live Wallpaper’.
Toggle the live galaxy effect by pressing the “Super” (Windows logo button) and F4 keys in unison.
Galaxy Live Wallpaper in action
You can delve in the live wallpaper settings accessible through the CompizConfig Settings Manager to further tweak how the wallpaper behaves.