I've talked about multiple desktops in this blog before, but it deserves another visit. The really neat thing about Linux (running the KDE desktop) is having the ability to set up these multiple desktops. Each of these desktops can display a different wallpaper image.
And where do you get these images? Well, they can come from your own digital photos, but sometimes, you get these images from the web.
I learned from a cartoonist friend that millions of Life magazine photos from their archives are being hosted on Google. You can see (and search) any of these terrific photos at: http://images.google.com/hosted/life.
Many of these images were never published and they include, of course, cartoonists. These images are marked "For personal non-commercial use only." Well, my Linux desktop qualifies as personal non-commercial use. You can see the image I grabbed and cropped so that part of the image is cantered on my desktop (I did this using The Gimp). It's a photo of Walt Disney. You can imagine how much this man and his work influenced me. Which is why I'm so happy to be running Linux. i can set Walt on one desktop, the Eiffel tower on another desktop, the Golden Gate bridge on another, etc.
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