Variety Wallpaper Changer Sees New Release

Variety, a cool wallpaper changer that works with most desktop environments (KDE, LXDE, Xfce, Unity, GNOME Shell, Cinnamon or Pantheon), has reached version 0.4.12.

Variety wallpaper changer
Changes in Variety 0.4.12:
quotes support – Variety can fetch quotes from QuotesDaddy and display them on top of the desktop. The quotes are highly customizable: you can change the text color, backdrop color, font, transparency, shadow, placement, and you can also filter quotes by tags or authors or set the interval between quotescustomizable appindicator icon: you can now select between dark and light appindicator icons but not only that. In the latest Variety, you can also use the current wallpaper to be used as an indicator icon (so the icon changes with the wallpaper). The icon can also be hidden in which case you can control Variety via keyboard shortcuts or using the Unity quickliststhe option to display a digital clock on top of the wallpaper has been enhanced: both the clock and the date font can be customized (the typeface as well as the font size)Preferences take effect immediatelySupport for XMP/EXIF image ratings
Variety wallpaper changer - quotes

For those not familiar with Variety, here’s a quick feature list:
should work under KDE, LXDE, Xfce, Unity, GNOME Shell, Cinnamon or Pantheon (elementary OS)can automatically download wallpaper from Flickr,, as well as NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day.Ubuntu appindicator support; you can scroll over the indicator icon to change the wallpapercan apply fancy filters to the images: grayscale, heavy blur, oil painting, charcoal painting, pointilism, pixellateoption to display the time on the desktop, using a nice digital clockclipboard support: can monitor the clipboard for image URLs and fetch themmore
Below you can see the latest Variety 0.4.12 in action:

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Install Variety wallpaper changer
Variety is available in the Ubuntu Software Center (for Ubuntu 12.04 / 12.10), but the version is quite old so to install the latest version, you can use its official PPA, available for Ubuntu Precise and Quantal:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:peterlevi/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install variety
Arch Linux users can get Variety wallpaper changer via AUR.

For other Linux distributions, the Variety source code can be downloaded via Launchpad.

Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.

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Lubuntu (w/ LXDE) 12.10 – Quick Overview

Lubuntu, an official Ubuntu flavour starting with version 11.10 which uses LXDE, a lightweight desktop environment by default, has reached version 12.10.

I’m posting this article a bit late, since Lubuntu 12.10 was released 5 days ago, but there are too many Ubuntu flavours to cover in just one day.
Lubuntu 12.10 brings updated artwork, a new session manager, updated file manager which includes an external thumbnailer, along with updated default applications and other changes.
To see the latest Lubuntu 12.10 in action, watch the video below:

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Default applications

Lubuntu 12.10 ships with applications such as Pcmanfm as the default file manager, Synaptic Package Manager, Lubuntu Software Center, Chromium as the default browser, Pidgin, Transmission, mtPaint for simple image editing, Abiword, Gnumeric, GNOME Mplayer, Xfburn, Audacious and others.
Lubuntu Software Center
As you can see, most if not all are lightweight tools, and the result is that Lubuntu requires very low system resources – the Lubuntu wiki mentions that Lubuntu should run even with 128 MB of RAM, though for decent usage, 256MB or RAM or more are required.
In Lubuntu 12.10, a new default application has been added: Catfish, which can be used to search the file system:
lubuntu 12.10 catfish
Another change is the addition of the Xfce notification daemon (xfce4-notifyd), which has replaced the old notification daemon:
lubuntu 12.10 notifications

Pcmanfm, the default file manager, has been updated, the new version bringing external thumbnailer support and lots of bug fixes:
lubuntu 12.10 pcmanfm

It’s also worth mentioning that, unlike the other Ubuntu flavors, Lubuntu 12.10 continues to offer alternate ISO files for download.

Lubuntu 12.10 comes with an updated visual identity, which includes:

– a new wallpaper:

lubuntu 12.10 wallpaper

– a new icon theme (it’s not complete yet, and for now it “inherits” icons from the elementary icon theme) called Box:

You can see some of the new icons in most of the pictures in this post.

Download Lubuntu 12.10
Download Lubuntu 12.10 from HERE and make sure to also read the official release notes.

Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.

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