bookmark_borderXplanet on Ubuntu

Several years ago, I always used xearth to render my desktop background.

However, when I started using Nautilus, it broke, and I never bothered to find a solution.

Today I realised that xearth has been replaced by xplanet, and it’s available as an Ubuntu package. And it’s beautiful!

However, the Nautilus problem remains: The window manager controls the background, so a program cannot write straight to it. The solution is to render a file and then ask Nautilus to reload it at regular intervals.

Fortunately, somebody written a script that does this, and one can download it here. Just remember to change the PREFIX to a path that exists.