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dixiedancer 02-15-2010 01:34 PM

Adding Wallpapers

I've been asked to install Linux on a friend's laptop in a hurry, so I picked a good ready-made Debian-based distro - Mepis. I had had a little experience with it as a curiosity to see what all the fuss over KDE was about, then decided I didn't like KDE and went to Debian Testing/Xfce... But to share Linux, quick-and-easy with newbies from Windows, I'll always think of Mepis!

Anyway... is the the "get more wallpapers" thing the only way to get new wallpapers, or can I download them from a favorite site... and when I do, what directory to I put them in?


camorri 02-15-2010 03:35 PM

I use my own jpeg images form my own camera. There are tons of free backgrounds, google wallpaper...

bret381 02-15-2010 03:48 PM

you can download them and put them in any folder you want. That's pretty much just like windows

dixiedancer 02-15-2010 04:36 PM

I understand I can download them from anywhere and put them anywhere. But I'm not familiar with where they are stored in KDE.

In LXDE, for example, they're in usr/share/lxde/wallpaper. In Xfce they're put in usr/share/xfce4/backgrounds. Is there a similar folder for them in KDE?

Perhaps I should just install KDE on my own 'puter and play around with it...

Thanks for your replies though,

bret381 02-15-2010 04:42 PM

I have my downloaded wallpapers stored in /home/bret/Downloads/Wallpapers. I haven't used KDE in some years (I prefer gnome), but I believe both gnome and kde are setup similar when it comes to the wallpapers thing. You should just be able to select an image from any folder as your wallpaper

possibly /opt/kde4/share/wallpapers is the default folder. Not sure, just googled it :)

dixiedancer 02-15-2010 06:55 PM

Thanks, everyone... I just might give KDE another go after a hardware upgrade. It looks gorgeous - especially in Mepis. Simple, elegant, faster than I expected. I feel so flighty sometimes, changing DEs but it's so cool to have the choice of so many different ones!

Mepis works awesomely on that ancient old laptop, by the way. My friend will be pleased, no doubt.

Thanks very much!


camorri 02-16-2010 05:24 AM

As I said above, you can store the image(s) you wish to use as background anywhere you have access on the system. If you bring up the Desktop Settings, you will see there is a Browse button under the wallpaper selector. This allows placement anywhere you like. I use pics from my own digicam. There is /home/myusername/pictures/whatweverdirectory/.

There is a /usr/share/wallpaper/other/directorys structure, if you want them to be available to all users on the system. Nothing forces you to use it.

Since I'm the main user, on the local system, I use the pics from my home directory. Any other user can do the same thing.

This is KDE-4-3.

archtoad6 02-16-2010 05:50 AM

In MEPIS 8, KDE 3.5.10:

Where it is

How I found it
  1. ControlCenter, Appearance & Themes, Background
  2. Pick one w/ a short, unique name -- in this case "Stelvio"
  3. Code:

    locate stelvio

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