Android-style animated desktop wallpaper for Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10

This tutorial is going to show you an application called LiveWallpaper, it replaces Ubuntu’s boring default wallpaper with a completely Android-style animated OpenGL wallpaper. It used to be a Compiz plugin. For now, it contains 2 live wallpapers: Galaxy and Nexus.

It has a GUI window allows to turn on/off animated background, choose live wallpapers, and configure the wallpaper.

Also there’s an applet indicator:

Install LiveWallper in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 12.10 and 12.04, hit Ctrl+Alt+T, run following 3 commands into terminal window to install it from LiveWallpaper Daily PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fyrmir/livewallpaper-stable

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install livewallpaper livewallpaper-config livewallpaper-indicator

For Ubuntu 11.10 and 11.04, installl LiveWallpaper plugin for Compiz, then enable it using CompizConfig Settings Manager:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fyrmir/compiz-plugins

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install compiz-plugins-livewallpapers

Once installed, open it from the Unity Dash Home.

Enjoy!

5 Comments

  1. rupenzel says:

    how can i install it???

    • HandyTutorial says:

      Run following 3 commands in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T ) one by one, then you’ll get it in the Unity Dash.

      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fyrmir/livewallpaper-daily
      
      sudo apt-get update
      
      sudo apt-get install livewallpaper livewallpaper-config livewallpaper-indicator

      Now it adds Ubuntu 13.04 Raring supported, and more live wallpapers.

  2. AndyA says:

    I installed the Android-style animated desktop wallpaper for Ubuntu 12.04 I am trying to use the outer space paper it installed and shows me the settings but doesn’t do anything. Help!

    • HandyTutorial says:

      Remove it, then try to install the stable version (updated in the tutorial) by adding this ppa:

      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fyrmir/livewallpaper-stable

      If you’ve installed other wallpaper auto-changer software, check it first.

  3. Andy A says:

    After removing Live wallpaper my left side program bar is all black and when I try to click on a program it appears and hides again .It won’t let me click on it.

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