Wibbly Stuff

Animated Background for Ubuntu

Want some eye candy for your desktop background? Then check out this animated Galaxy Wallpaper created by ‘ilap' which works with a compiz plugin.


For Maverick Users


Open Terminal and enter the following.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ilap/lwp

Then enter,

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install compiz-plugins-livewallpapers

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For Other Users


Unfortunately, the PPA is only for Maverick users and the author claims that it won't work for systems than Maverick. But I tried the Plugin on Linux Mint 9 which is based on Lucid and it worked, though I've not tried other systems. You have to just download the deb installer and doubleclick it to install.

Download the appropriate package for your system here.

Enable the Wallpaper

  1. Right click on the Desktop and choose ‘Change Desktop Background‘
  2. Press the “Add" button
  3. Navigate to "/usr/share/backgrounds"
  4. Select ‘Space_by_ilap.jpg’
  5. Now enable the "Galaxy Live Wallpaper" plugin via the CompizConfig Settings Manager
  6. Toggle the live galaxy effect by pressing the "Super (Windows logo button) + F4” keys.