There are a few applications for Linux desktop that change the wallpaper automatically. Webilder is one of them that rotates your wallpaper with photos directly downloaded from flickr and webshots.com.

The application provides an indicator applet for Ubuntu Unity and GNOME that allows you to downloads the most interesting photos from Flickr, browser photo collection, and select next photo (as wallpaper).

In its preferences window, you can set Webilder to automatically download photos every day, download Flickr photos that match your given tags, view and download Webshots photos with an account.

Webilder download and rotate wallpaper from flickr

Features:

  • downloads the most interesting photos from Flickr.
  • view Webshots photos on your Linux desktop (requires Webshots account).
  • downloads Flickr photos that match tags (for example: beach,party)
  • downloads photos from Flickr users of your choice.
  • automatically downloads new photos for you every day.
  • change your wallpaper every few minutes.
  • import webshots collections (wbz or wbc formats).
  • photo collection browser that will let you view the images in fullscreen, or set them as a wallpaper.
  • browser integration for Webshots – downloaded images are automatically added to your collection.
  • command-line photo downloader webilder_downloader

webilder-preferences

Install Webilder in Ubuntu:

The website provides the .deb package for Ubuntu and its derivatives, download it from the link below and double-click to open with Ubuntu Software Center and finally click install:

Download Webilder (webilder_xxx.deb)

Once installed, open Webilder indicator form Unity Dash or app menu. It will start automatically the next time you log in.

XT7-Player is currently one of the best multimedia video player for KDE / Kubuntu. Here are the main features and how to install it.

Xt7-Player is an open source gui to mplayer. While there are plenty out there, it’s hard to find one which gives access to all mplayer options. This is what Xt7-Player aims to be, a complete graphical interface to mplayer, focusing on usability.

Among the main features of XT7 player include support for video playback from DVD, DVB-T support for allowing us then to be able to watch TV channels through a PCI card or USB for digital terrestrial connected to our personal computers. XT7-Player enables us to search and play videos from YouTube (also support for multiple playlists and offline mode for playback of favorite videos even when you’re not connected to the Internet by accessing the happy cached Flash system), we can also manage and play web radio, podcasts, and also there is also the Media Info section with details about our media files.

Simple and functional, XT7 Player has many customizations as well as a useful video and audio equalizer, support for Karaoke mode and the introduction of custom filters, there is also the shutdown mode that allows us to Turn off the PC after playback of a playlist or video in progress and much more.

xt7-player-dvbt

xt7-player-flash

xt7-player-dvd

Install XT7-Player in Kubuntu via PPA:

So far, the latest release is available in PPA for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 10.04 and their derivatives.

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, paste below command and hit enter to add the gambas3 PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gambas-team/gambas3

Then paste the command below to add the XT7-Player PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xt7-player-dev-team/daily

Finally update and install the player:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install xt7-player

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Lightweight Software Center Alternative

App Grid is an Ubuntu Software Center alternative that aims to be lightweight, fast, clean and simple.

Every day we use USC (Ubuntu Software Center) to install, remove, buy, and manage applications, but it works really slow and freezes frequently in my old laptop.

App Grid provides a clean and simple interface and delivers stunning startup speed, and swift reactions throughout. It has almost all features that USC provides: install, launch, remove button, screenshots, a short description along with user comments, Ubuntu One login and more.

App Grid Main Window

App Grid app description

Install App Grid in Ubuntu:

This project provides an official PPA for Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04, and Ubuntu 12.04.

To install it, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:appgrid/stable

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install appgrid

If you don’t want to add the PPA, grab the .deb package directly from Launchpad Page.

TV-Browser Ubuntu 14.04

TV-browser is a free and open-source app which gets the daily TV program from the internet and shows it clearly arranged – like a printed TV guide. An internet connection is only necessary during the data update. It provides more than 1000 TV stations and 100 radio channels.

TV-browser works on Windows, Linux, MacOS, OS/2 with Java runtime minimum version 6.0.

TV Browser in ubuntu 14.04

The latest release has reached v3.4. According to the release note:

The new version 3.4 of TV-Browser brings many new features that were often suggested like showing of program numbers or yers on our to do list. TV-Browser 3.4 makes it easy to install new icon themes directly in TV-Browser. The Favorites can be viewed filtered and can be created as filter themself.

TV-Browser 3.4 also fixes bugs so it will run even better than the previous version. We suggest to update to TV-Browser 3.4 as soon as possible, to profit from the new features an bug fixes.

Install TV-browser in Ubuntu:

As the app depends on Java, first install OpenJDK from Software Center. Or install Oracle Java through Webupd8 PPA.

Then download the package (tvbrowser_xxx_all.deb):

Download TV-Browser

Finally double-click on the package in file browser to open it with Ubuntu Software Center and click the install button.

Once installed, open it from Unity dash or Launcher. It will guide you to install plugins, choose channels, etc.

Converseen image converter ubuntu 14.10

Converseen, a batch image converter and resizer, has reached v0.8 with important improvements and optimizations to picture preview algorithms.

Converseen is an open source image converter and resizer written in C++ with the powerful Qt4 libraries. Thanks to the Magick++ image libraries it supports more than 100 image formats like DPX, EXR, GIF, JPEG, JPEG-2000, PhotoCD, PNG, Postscript, SVG, and TIFF and many others.

It allows you to convert, resize, rotate and flip automatically an unlimited number of images. With Converseen you can save your time because it can process more than one image with one mouse click!

With converseen you can:

  • Carry out a single or a multiple conversion.
  • Resize one or multiple images.
  • Compress images for your web pages.
  • Rotate and flip images.
  • Rename a bunch of images using a progressive number or a prefix/suffix.
  • Selecting a resampling filter to resize images.
  • Convert an entire PDF to a bunch of images
  • Extract an image from a Windows icon file (*ico)

Converseen in Ubuntu 14.04

Converseen 0.8 changelog:

  • Fixed glitches and artifacts with picture previews.
  • Added important improvements and optimizations to picture preview algorithms.
  • Various bugfixes

Install Converseen in Ubuntu via PPA:

So far, the latest release is available in PPA for Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 12.04.

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install converseen

If you don’t want to add the PPA, grab the .deb packages directory from THIS PAGE.