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Add some fun to your KDE desktop

So today I’ve got a little bored of my o-so-serious-monochrome-desktop and decided to change it a little bit. And here I am surfing my best site for desktop “candies” ­čÖé – kde-look.org.

The icons

First I’ve found some pretty good-looking and as it seems quite complete set of icons. Of course I’ve installed them directly through systemsettings->Application Appearance->Icons – it is as easy as that. Just search for kfaenza. Here is a sample screenshot from my desktop with the this iconset:

They may┬áresemble┬ásome other OS to some extent, but I do not care – they are nice in the end.

The wallpaper

After that I’ve searched for something different and new and found one little nifty plasmoid package that makes wonders ­čÖé – The Wallpaper Clock plasmoid. What this plasmoid is supposed to do is to sit in the background as a sort of dynamic wallpaper showing current date and time. It has lots and lots of themes and all of them looking great.

The plasmoit itself depends on┬áplasma-scriptengine-python (as I’m installing this on Fedora 14), and you’ll need to install it if you don’t have it already. Initially I’ve tried installing the package which I’ve downloaded through the plasmoid GUI (“install from local file”), but that failed┬ámiserably. So I did it the old way:

$ plasmapkg -r clock # removing the plugin that failed
$ plasmapkg -i clock.plasmoid

EDIT: I’ve done this on another Fedora 14 install and this time I’ve used the “Download new plasma widgets” searched for “wallpaper clock” and directly installed it – it worked like a charm. Still if you have problems, you can try the manual install. You can verify that everything is working as expected by running it manually in separate window:

$ plasmawallpaperviewer --wallpaper clock

/EDIT

And that’s all. After that you can find it sitting under your wallpaper configuration:

As you’ll see adding themes is completely integrated into the plasmoid configuration itself (under “Get New Wallpapers”) and ┬áare very fresh and fun. Please note that some of the themes are only for registered users.

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