I was wondering whether we can have different wallpapers in each workspace of a Linux distro using Gnome. Googled it. Solutions I found require desktop effects to be enabled. My laptop can't take up that much load. So I wanted to know if their's a way to do so without enabling any effects.

[note] My distro is Fedora 14.

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The short answer is not without applying patches.

But you could use a different window manager / desktop environment. Enlightenment, for example, supports this feature.

  • Woa, dated back to 2001! I would have thought this lies in some hidden dot files...
    – phunehehe
    Feb 9, 2011 at 15:10
  • Thanks. Won't prefer switching DE. Especially when GNOME 3 is round the corner. :)
    – Dharmit
    Feb 9, 2011 at 15:44

Answer to a very old question if anyone still wondering: Yes, you can.

Using a Gnome extension called Walkpaper. Install, open its preferences/options, assign wallpaper to each workspace and done.


Just a vague workaround proposition:

A script/fonction that would:

  1. change the active workspace (wmctrl?)
  2. change the background (display -root?)
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    Do you know if this has a chance of working at all? Did you try it yourself?
    – Mat
    Jan 29, 2012 at 11:35

Looks like Gnome doesn't have this feature by default.

However I use a Python software called Wallpapoz.

It's not fast. It takes some time for the wallpaper to change.



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