Tomsplash xsplash script (german)

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Tomsplash XSplash Theme for ubuntu karmic (9.10)

- xsplash (default on ubuntu karmic)
- imagemagick

Tomsplash shows a random Touché comic strip on the xsplash and gdm login screen. Touché is a german comic strip from an artist called Tom, thats regularly published in the newspaper taz (die tageszeitung). Tomsplash provides a script ( that changes the comic strip to a random one from the webpage of "die tageszeitung". To start this process on every startup you will be asked to insert the script in the startup program list. Furthermore the script needs write access to the xsplash image folder (/usr/share/images/xsplash), therefore the install script will ask you for administrator rights to give write access to this specific folder to all users. As it is just used for images, this should be absolutely safe on single user systems.

To install Tomsplash, just execute
1. if you want to keep the default background you dont need to do anything.
2. if you want to use your custom background convert it to jpg and store it at /usr/share/images/xsplash/bg.jpg:
convert /PATH/TO/YOUR/IMAGE /usr/share/images/xsplash/bg.jpg
3. if you want to always use your current dektop background, use (without installation).

1. (OPTIONAL) remove all files and folder except backup.tar from /usr/share/images/xsplash/ (to avoid relicts)
2. untar backup.tar from the root directory:
tar -C / -xf /usr/share/images/xsplash/backup.tar
3. rm $HOME/.config/autostart/
4. restore gdm background:
sudo -u gdm gconftool-2 -t string -s /desktop/gnome/background/picture_filename /usr/share/images/xsplash/bg_2560x1600.jpg

Alternative throbber animation:
Last changelog:

11 years ago

background handling sourced out

1.0 Beta:
initial release, please test and give feedback!

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11 years ago

background handling sourced out

1.0 Beta:
initial release, please test and give feedback!

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XSplash is a software project in the Ubuntu community that uses the X Window System to replace the scrolling-text screens that appear while booting a Linux-based computer with a graphical splash screen. Wikipedia