Saturday, 22 December 2012

Change backgrounds and themes in E17 openSUSE 12.2

 This is a continuation of an earlier article, openSUSE trying to offer E17 as mainline desktop. Read the linked article to know more about installing E17 (Enlightenment) on top of openSUSE desktop. This article focuses on changing desktop backgrounds and themes.
Change Backgrounds
 I chose to download static backgrounds from E17 oriented site I download the background files in *.jpg or *.png formats and placed them in default "Backgrounds" folder :-
/home/<UserProfileName>/.e/e/backgrounds (Or) ~/.e/e/backgrounds
openSUSE 12.2 Enlightenment E17 background folder
 To change background on E17 I open the relevant settings through Dock ==> Up arrow ==> Settings ==> Wallpaper. 
openSUSE 12.2 Enlightenment E17 change background
 In the background changer tool I "Turn Off" the checkbox ("Use Theme Wallpaper") and then chose the background and when I pressed the "Apply" button i get an error stating "Enlightenment was unable to import the picture due to conversion errors."
openSUSE 12.2 Enlightenment E17 change background error
 Then i click on the "Advanced" button and again chose the required background and click "Apply" . This time it complies and changes the background. It is kind of weird but it works !!!
openSUSE 12.2 Enlightenment E17 change background advanced settings
Animated Backgrounds
 The animated backgrounds for E17 can be downloaded from this link. Usually these files are of file pattern "*.edj" . I downloaded Cracked Earth and placed it inside themes folder :-
/home/<UserProfileName>/.e/e/themes (Or) ~/.e/e/themes.
openSUSE 12.2 Enlightenment E17 themes folder
  I restart E17 desktop using the menu Dock ==> Up Arrow ==> Enlightenment ==> Restart. After restarting desktop I change theme using the menu Dock ==> Up Arrow ==> Settings ==> Theme ==> "Animated Background"
openSUSE 12.2 Enlightenment E17 change theme
 After setting the background we can see the new background as shown below. Cracked Earth background looks polished and the golden E17 logo is animated.
openSUSE 12.2 Enlightenment E17 animated background
Change Theme
 I downloaded the theme files from here  which are also of file format "*.edj" and then placed them in themes folder . The steps for changing theme are similar to that of using "Animated Background" described above. The below screenshot is E17 with Camou theme. E17 themes are cool because they change window themes, backgrounds and icons in a single click.
openSUSE 12.2 Enlightenment E17 camou theme
 Also checkout :- Weather forecast gadget,much more about E17 on openSUSE 12.2


  1. This worked for the error regarding changing background
    sudo apt-get install libedje-bin libqedje0a libqzion0a

  2.  Thanks "remke" for the suggestion. I will checkout whether those packages are available in openSUSE repos



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