Dynamically changing Ubuntu Phone wallpaper for your desktop

We have all already seen it. The super-elegant Welcome Screen seen on all demonstrations of Ubuntu Phone OS is appreciated by many for it’s brilliant design and simplicity.

Because of that, some have tried to recreate it to use as a desktop wallpaper. Among several versions that are available, I liked Michał Prędotka’s version most. This version was modified to many different colors by Michael Hall – he has even created a video tutorial on how to make your own color scheme for this wallpaper.

I love the idea of different simple wallpapers that share the design, but vary in colors. But I’m lazy, and I don’t want to change my wallpaper everyday to enjoy another color scheme. Ideally the wallpaper would change automatically. But if the design is identical and only colors change, then it may be neat to change the colors smoothly.

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(these images are low-res, and are not meant to be downloaded)

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Toggle Backlight mode in Unity2D

I really like the “Backlight Toggles” launcher mode, which causes all launcher icons to have a colored background if and only if the application is running. This allows me to quickly see what’s running and what’s not. As far as I know this is the default mode for 12.10.

I was missing this feature on Unity2D. It turns out that I was not the only one who looked for help in the Internet in this matter – actually some people would like to use this feature. I’m going to give you a hand with that! As Unity2D is no longer developed, we cannot hope such feature will be ever implemented, so I prepared a simple script that patches few Unity files and enables that behavior immediately!

To get and run the script, use the following:

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