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Homepage:  http://www.becrux.com
other:  Link
Minimum required   Qt 4.x
Downloads:  1802
Submitted:  Jan 29 2009
Updated:  Jul 1 2014


Wally is a Qt4 wallpaper changer, using multiple sources like files, folders, FTP remote folders, Flickr, Yahoo!, Panoramio, Ipernity, Photobucket, Buzznet, Picasa, Smugmug, Google, Vladstudio and deviantART images. It runs under Linux, Win32, MacOSX and OS/2, and it's available in many languages.

Supported Window Managers:
- Win32
- MacOSX (using OSA scripts)
- KDE3
- KDE4 (using WallyPlugin)
- Gnome
- GnomeShell
- Fluxbox
- Blackbox
- FVWM (unstable)
- WindowMaker

If you are upgrading KDE4 to 4.4, you must rebuild from sources, cause WallyPlugin can crash Plasma. DEB files are available for Lucid.

If you're upgrading to 10.04 Lucid, KDE4 will crash at boot. To recover your system, just do the following steps:

- Press Alt-F2, type "konsole"
- At prompt, type "sudo rm /usr/lib/kde4/plasma_wallpaper_wallyplugin.so"
- Restart your system.
- KDE4 should start normally. Please remove Wally, and download the specific package for Lucid available below.

Note for Ubuntu users: if you're using KDE4, please use KDE4 ONLY packages!!!

Note for Mac OSX Snow Leopard:
You must disable "Change Picture" feature, that's in System preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Change picture.

Note for Windows 2000/XP: Active desktop must be disabled! Right-click on desktop -> Properties -> Customize desktop -> Web -> Uncheck all items you find there


Version 2.4.5
- Modified Flickr API for HTTPS support
- Removed Yahoo! engine, no longer active
- Fixed XFCE 4.10 support
- Added Linux custom wallpaper change script support

Version 2.4.4
- Fixed gconftool-2 arguments bug
- Settings window layout is now suitable for netbook screens

Version 2.4.3
- Fixed GnomeShell background change issue
- Added Swedish language
- Added Turkish language

Version 2.4.2
- Added GnomeShell support
- Added Hungarian language
- Added Danish language
- Removed Pikeo module, it is no longer active
- Removed Bing module, M$ didn't accept Wally's way of using Bing

Version 2.4.1
- Deprecated HTTP Qt classes have been replaced
- Wally can now terminate after first background change
- Splash screen can be disabled
- Mac OSX Settings GUI scrollbar issue fixed
- WallyPlugin now uses D-Bus
- BUG FIXED: CMake build script had an issue in compiling language resources

Version 2.4
- Added OS/2 support
- Added Snow Leopard support
- Added Google module
- Added deviantART module
- Added Vladstudio module
- Added Korean language
- Folder module now supports symbolic links
- More photo layouts on desktop have been added
- BUG FIXED: Panoramio no longer crashes when empty results are returned
- BUG FIXED: Disclaimer translation is now properly applied at boot
- BUG FIXED: Centered auto-fit was not always applied correctly
- BUG FIXED: HTTP engine rarely got stuck

Version 2.3.2
- Double-clicking icon in system tray advances on next photo
- Improved duplicated photo detection
- Added Catalan language
- Added Greek language
- Added disclaimer to be accepted on first start of Wally
- Removed QtScript dependency, JSON parser has been implemented internally (Qt 4.6 compatibility)
- Run-time folder change detection has been removed from "Folders" module, its use is too resource consuming
- BUG FIXED: search issues occurred when using multiple tags/keywords
- BUG FIXED: EXIF information are now showed correctly when non-Latin1 characters in filename path are used
- BUG FIXED: KDE 4.4 SC was not properly detected
- BUG FIXED: Panoramio was working only with "Original" sized images

Version 2.3.1
- Added Chinese language
- Added Polish language
- Active Desktop is now detected, and error is reported
- Photo filename is used when title is not available
- XFCE detection improved
- BUG FIXED: GUI bug in proxy selection form
- BUG FIXED: Panoramio coordinates are checked after input terminates
- BUG FIXED: buggy behaviour in MacOSX, Folders module, when too many files are present in specified directories

Version 2.3.0
- Added French language
- Added Czech language
- Wally can now display wallpapers behind toolbars and docks, using full screen space
- Time period can now be shortened up to 10 seconds
- Automatic border color feature has been added
- BUG FIXED: history data is not stored anymore when Cancel is pressed
- BUG FIXED: HTTP download does not get stuck anymore if HTTP response is wrong
- BUG FIXED: HTTP download in history window does not get stuck anymore at 99%, cause of a QProgressDialog conflict
- BUG FIXED: history viewer misbehaviours have been fixed
- BUG FIXED: Panoramio items save state correctly now
- BUG FIXED: map selection issues in Panoramio items have been fixed
- BUG FIXED: MacOSX Info.plist fixed
- BUG FIXED: regression bug about free disk space check has been fixed

Version 2.2.0
- Added selection on map for Panoramio items configuration
- History window has been improved, more informations for each item and filter by tags have been added
- Added Bing module
- EXIF support improved. Information window has been added, and EXIF is stored in history.
- BUG FIXED: wrong GUI behaviour in HTTP items when setting photos path, now fixed
- BUG FIXED: wrong GUI behaviour on proxy server selection, now fixed
- BUG FIXED: duplicated items are not accepted anymore
- BUG FIXED: now asks HTTP server first if download is recoverable
- BUG FIXED: segfault no longer happens when GIF/PNG/no-EXIF-compatible photo is downloaded
- BUG FIXED: consecutive downloads of the same photo are not allowed anymore
- BUG FIXED: X shortcuts for older WMs weren't updated to current features

Version 2.1.0
- Added system proxy support
- Added History feature
- Modules can be disabled/enabled
- Added Picasa module
- Added Smugmug module
- Added Buzznet module
- HTTP engine can now recover downloads
- More cosmetic changes
- Free disk space threshold can be configured
- Multiple items in HTTP engines can be selected
- BUG FIXED: state in Folders engine is now properly saved
- BUG FIXED: playlist is now reset correctly after wrap

Version 2.0.3
- BUG FIXED: MacOSX script for wallpaper change now works properly
- BUG FIXED: Color button is now showed correctly with all GUI styles
- BUG FIXED: "About" dialog now can be closed under MacOSX
- BUG FIXED: empty "Remote folder" items are now correctly rejected
- BUG FIXED: Wally's single instance in MacOSX is now properly detected
- BUG FIXED: annoying issues with KDE4 WallyPlugin have been solved (at the end!!!)
- Some cosmetic changes

Version 2.0.2
- BUG FIXED: empty items are now discarded
- BUG FIXED: single instance in Linux now is checked using file PID, thus avoiding false positives
- BUG FIXED: only available free space on desktop is used
- BUG FIXED: Pikeo now resets page count search after an empty result
- Free disk space (at least 20 megs) is checked for availability before saving photos
- EXIF tags are analyzed in every plugin, and corrections are applied where needed
- Photobucket has no throttle limit anymore, watermark on photo is applied
- More code restyling
- Fixed plural form in translations
- Added Portuguese (Brazil) translation
- Window manager can be forced at command line (Linux only)
- WallyPlugin: D-BUS is not used anymore
- WallyPlugin: KDE message will appear at end of installation, remembering of KDE4 Plasma restart
- Removed QCA dependency
- Application data folder is now more S.O. "friendly" under Win32 and MacOSX

Version 2.0.1
- WallyPlugin BUG FIXED: plugin is now compiled without debug information
- WallyPlugin BUG FIXED: D-BUS access rights are now setup correctly
- WallyPlugin BUG FIXED: installation paths are now detected properly

You don't need to upgrade to 2.0.1 if you're not using KDE4.

.DEB files now include Wally and WallyPlugin. No need to use sources for KDE4.

Version 2.0.0
- Wally's engine has been totally rewritten, for better stability and better coding structure in plugins' development
- UI partial restyling and improvement
- KDE4 support
- MacOSX support (experimental)
- FTP remote folders support
- Multilanguage support (English, Italian, Spanish and Russian)
- Wally now remembers its last state before termination
- Bugs fixed all around

Version 1.3.2
- Added configurable GUI style
- Flickr search pages count is now hard-limited, to avoid repeated results
- Pikeo plugin is now enabled
- Added "-debug" command line switch for better bugs tracing
- BUG FIXED: pictures in folder mode now change correctly
- BUG FIXED: multiple erroneous picture validations are no longer generated

Version 1.3.1
- BUG FIXED: regression bug about removing rows from configuration has been fixed

Version 1.3.0
- Added Pixeo plugin (still disabled, EXPERIMENTAL)
- Added Riya plugin (still disabled, EXPERIMENTAL)
- About dialog now shows supported images
- BUG FIXED: Gnome detection now should work

Version 1.2.0
- Added Panoramio plugin
- Flickr images are now rotated correctly, if needed
- BUG FIXED: sending quit immediately before background change doesn't generate a segfault now
- BUG FIXED: HTTP timeouts now if a transfer takes too long
- BUG FIXED: internal search is now limited by HTTP result count
- VERY IMPORTANT BUG FIXED: Play/Pause now works correctly

Version 1.1.0
- Added Fluxbox support
- Added Blackbox support
- Added FVWM support (unstable)
- Added WindowMaker support
- BUG FIXED: XFCE4 now works
- BUG FIXED: "Cancel" command now works when HTTP download is in progress

Version 1.0.0
- First release

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 opensuse 11.4 kde 4.6

 by xrooles on: Mar 14 2011
Score 50%

I could install wally using 1-click install of opensuse 11.4. it is running in my task tray and is downloading pictures also.

I checked wally-plugin in my desktop wallpaper settings, but I am not able to set the backgrounds. it just stays blank.

what am I doing wrong ??

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 Re: opensuse 11.4 kde 4.6

 by xrooles on: Mar 14 2011
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had to restart kde and it works.. !!


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 Link points to 2.4.3

 by bitcrazy on: Dec 30 2011
Score 50%

Current source link gives me version 2.4.3 instead of 2.4.4.

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 Re: Link points to 2.4.3

 by juancho on: Dec 31 2011
Score 50%

Yep me too.

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 Where do I enable WallyPlugin on KDE 4.7.4?

 by HardinComp on: Jan 8 2012
Score 50%

I built Wally 2.4.4 from source (from the BeCrux page) on my LMDE + KDE SC 4.7.2 system and rebooted, but I don't see where to select the WallyPlugin. When I open System Settings I see Application Appearance and Workspace Appearance but not Appearance Settings. Am I missing something?

J.M. \'BostonPeng\' Hardin
A very happy LMDE+KDE user

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 Re: Where do I enable WallyPlugin on KDE 4.7.4?

 by HardinComp on: Jan 8 2012
Score 50%

I did miss something. When I ran cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release .. it included this error (excerpt):

-- Found X11: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libX11.so
CMake Warning (dev) at /usr/share/cmake-2.8/Modules/FindPackageHandleStandardArgs.cmake:86 (INCLUDE):
File /usr/share/cmake-2.8/Modules/FindPackageHandleStandardArgs.cmake
includes /usr/share/kde4/apps/cmake/modules/CMakeParseArguments.cmake
(found via CMAKE_MODULE_PATH) which shadows
/usr/share/cmake-2.8/Modules/CMakeParseArguments.cmake. This may cause
errors later on .

Policy CMP0017 is not set: Prefer files from the CMake module directory
when including from there. Run "cmake --help-policy CMP0017" for policy
details. Use the cmake_policy command to set the policy and suppress this
Call Stack (most recent call first):
/usr/share/cmake-2.8/Modules/FindThreads.cmake:156 (INCLUDE)
/usr/share/kde4/apps/cmake/modules/Qt4ConfigDependentSettings.cmake:32 (FIND_PACKAGE)
/usr/share/kde4/apps/cmake/modules/FindQt4.cmake:1230 (INCLUDE)
wallyplugin/CMakeLists.txt:11 (find_package)
This warning is for project developers. Use -Wno-dev to suppress it.

-- Configuring done

Any thoughts on how to deal with this?

J.M. \'BostonPeng\' Hardin
A very happy LMDE+KDE user

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 Error with Opensuse 12.1

 by xrooles on: May 10 2012
Score 50%

I have the following

Qt: 4.7.4
KDE Development Platform: 4.7.2 (4.7.2) "release 5"
kde4-config: 1.0

and i make and install wally using 2.4.4 sources with the command

wally-2.4.4/build> cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -DCMAKE_CXX_FLAGS="-lX11" ../

and i get wally, but the wallyplugin never gets installed. What am I missing to do?

I rebooted the machine also, but there is no wallyplugin in the settings aslo.. just wally runs fine.. but no plugin there to change the wallpaper.

thanks in advance..

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 by suppenkaspar on: May 26 2015
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please make a update for Plasma5

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