This article is about the desktop wallpaper cycling software known as
This is not medical advice. While there is discussion about mental health in the contents below, and while there are things one can do with their computer to improve or sustain their mental health, if you are truly suffering from mental-related issues beyond mild depression and / or mania, you should seek medical attention for an evaluation and chemical balancing of your brain through prescription drugs. Remember; your life is your responsibility.
Many say variety is the spice of life. If being cooped up in the house for many weeks is literally driving you mad, and if you don't know what else to do... well, why not make your desktop background nice to look at with a random selection of images from the Internet?
I know, it's a weird correlation. But as I've been sitting here, my desktop has been cycling through various kinds of flowers and surprisingly, that's been helping my mentality. So let's get to it.
16.04 and newer
sudo apt install variety
15.10 and older
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:peterlevi/ppa sudo apt update sudo apt install variety
There are two directories Variety will use as primary image sources on local file system, of those, one which is based upon preference:
$HOME/.config/variety/Fetched is another place where images might go, presumably for the preview feature when adding new sources as a results display. But presently for me that's empty, so i assume it's nothing to worry about. If you use smaller parts for home and system, or simply want to reduce utilization of the partition where
/home is, these commands should help prior to execution:
mkdir -p $HOME/.config/variety mkdir -p $HOME/Pictures/variety/Favorites mkdir -p $HOME/Pictures/variety/Downloaded ln -s $HOME/Pictures/variety/Favorites $HOME/.config/variety/Favorites ln -s $HOME/Pictures/variety/Downloaded $HOME/.config/variety/Downloaded
This will link the directories intended for use with variety in
$HOME/Pictures into Variety's working directory of
$HOME/.config/variety. Modify to preference! The above can also be included in a post-install script if reinstalling your Ubuntu MATE / Debian-alike system.
variety. Browse about through the configuration dialogues and you will eventually find out what services allow you to find an image based on keywords. Punch in your favourite topics, or whatever brings you comfort and see what comes up — you may be surprised by its results!
While nowhere near as configurable as a clock rendered by Conky and not nearly as functional compared to the clocks available for your system, Variety can supplement your system clock — Simply enable the clock function and make it use whatever font is installed on your system.
Variety can also render quotes on images, which may or may not make sense compared to the image used. having a play with this may produce unintended consequences — Exercise some caution.
Some regions of the world may spell
Favorites a bit differently. For those people, creating a symbolic link similar to the steps above using
Favourites instead should aid people who prefer to use the i11n spelling of the word.