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.


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 '11 at 15:10
  • Thanks. Won't prefer switching DE. Especially when GNOME 3 is round the corner. :) – Dharmit Feb 9 '11 at 15:44

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 '12 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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