Monday, September 27, 2010

Decorate your desktop with Desktop Art Rhythmbox


Looking for plugins to Rhythmbox, I find this very nice: Desktop Art is a plug-in that shows album cover, the name of song and album name and interpret that we are listening to Rhythmbox, on desktop. In addition, if we pass mouse over it, the buttons appear to advance or rewind song list, and button play/pause, giving us ability to control the audio player from desktop.



This plugin can be configured to define position of screen on which to locate position of text in image, background color, etc.. It should be noted: that supplement works, it is necessary to have a composite manager like Compiz-Fusion enabled.

Desktop Art is written in Python by Mathias Nedrebo, and using Cairo, librsvg, Glade, Pango and GTK+. The code is available via SVN. But then see how to install it.


First of all you need to install subversion, independent of the Linux distribution you are using.

In Ubuntu/Debian:
  • $ sudo apt-get install subversion
In Fedora:
  • $ su -c “yum install subversion”
This done, we can move on to installing Desktop Art

In Debian / Ubuntu:

Create folder where you will stay Rhythmbox plugins
  • $ mkdir -p $HOME/.gnome2/rhythmbox/plugins/
We move to directory created in previous step
  • $ cd $HOME/.gnome2/rhythmbox/plugins/
Download plugin directly to plugins folder
  • $ svn co http://nedrebo.org/svn/rhythmbox/desktop-art
In Fedora:

To have a correct operation of this complement, Fedora is necessary to resolve a dependency, which very well described in Free Range. So for this, do following:
  • $ su -c “yum install gnome-python2-rsvg subversion”
This done, we can continue installation. Create directory within directory Rhythmbox plugins found in user's home folder:
  • $ mkdir -p ~/.gnome2/rhythmbox/plugins/
We move to newly created directory:
  • $ cd ~/.gnome2/rhythmbox/plugins/
Download plug:
  • $ svn co http://nedrebo.org/svn/rhythmbox/desktop-art
Completed these steps, open or restart Rhythmbox and go to Edit -> Add. This opens configuration window Rhythmbox supplements. There Desktop Art option labeled and ready, we'll have plugin working.
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