xplanetFX renders high quality wallpapers of mother earth on your desktop. An extensive GUI (GTK) provides a lot of features and settings. Various templates place the planet inside different scenes and make shure your desktop never gets boring again. With realtime light, shadows and clouds!

traGtor is a graphical user interface for the awesome conversion tool ffmpeg. With multi streams, presets, multi language and a lot of other features traGtor is a handy tool for converting all audio and video formats through ffmpeg. traGtor is based on GTK and Python.

Calf studiogear is an extensive and high quality plugin pack for professional audio production under Linux. It provides a lot of synthesizers, effects and signal processing for the use with LV2 audio production suites (like Ardour) or as stand-alone through JACK.

Calf with all of its new features and processors isn't officially released by now so you have to grab the GIT-repository from sourceforge.net until we are ready for a stable release.

» calf.sourceforge.net

guess is a tool to launch (and kill) different setups of programs. It was invented to startup all needed synthesizers, audio suites, MIDI sequencers and stuff with the correct source files on the right desktop for a single audio production with just one click.

xplanetFX - series: Mit xplanetFX ganze Bilderserien erstellen

oRainge Theme: GTK-, GDM-, Metacity-, Icons-Theme

oRainge gDesklets: Sprechende Uhren, Kalender, System-Widgets (manual)

photogen:c SVG-Icons: Diverse High-Quality-Icons im SVG-Format

traffick: Serverumgebungen testen. Durch skalierbares Threading erzeugt traffick Unmengen an Suchanfragen und Webseitenaufrufen, um ein hohes Maß an Vorratsdaten Netzwerkauslastung zu simulieren.

GIMP Plug-In “Moderated Blur” for Tilt Shift and Depth-Of-Field Effects

stuff (de) guess calf traGtor xplanetFX

xplanetFX: NASA Blue Marble Collection as textures

Pyllinux wanted to see the NASA Blue Marble Collection as monthly textures on his xplanetFX desktop. If you want to get an impression please take a look here.

So here’s a script to set up everything needed to change xplanetFX’s textures to the NASA series.

  • Right click the link and choose „save as…“
  • Make the file executable
  • If you want: Edit the first ### CONFIGIURATION ### section with a text editor to fit your needs (shouldn’t be necessary)
  • Put an entry in your autostart configuration or set up a cronjob

To see if the setup is downloading everything you may want to run it from a terminal once.


After the first run a new hidden folder exists in your home directory called .NASA-blue-marble-collection. This one holds all of the downloaded files and some update information. The standard configuration also uses a new topography image and the NASA night map from the NASA (which can be disabled in the configuration section).

Everytime the script runs it looks if you have installed a new template (or overwritten the earth texture in any other way) or if the month changed since the last update. If so, it takes the image for the actual month, resizes it to xplanetFX’s resolution and stores it in the right place to be used by xplanetFX. The same is done with topography and night map if you enabled them (default is on, leave empty if you don’t want to use them).

The images aren’t taken from the NASA server (because it rejects download tries from scripts and blocks your IP for a couple of minutes afterwards) but from other servers found on the internet hosting this stuff. If they’re down search your fav search engine for the filenames (not the complete URL’s) from the configuration section.

The files are downloaded once with the first run of the script. You may want to force a complete refresh, then use the option -r or –refresh to delete all files related to this thing and start all over (It will not destroy anything in xplanetFX but will remove its folder completely – so don’t place the script in .NASA-blue-marble-collection!). If you want to force the update of the textures use -f or –force to rewrite xplanetFX’s textures, no matter what the latest update information says.


This script can be used for other purposes, too. Just take a look in the configuration section on the top of the script to change resolution, target file to write to or stuff like that. If you want to use them as your desktop wallpaper you may want to append the little „^“ sign to the resolution setting which means that imagemagick keeps the ratio of the image and doesn’t destroy them, for example „1280×960^“


…do not hammer down the servers (with -r). There are enough problems with clouds images and stuff so we don’t need more problems with earth textures atm ,) and note: the images are of 2007 – there are no updates. So a simple one-time-setup per machine should be enough.

This script was hacked in half an hour so there’s no guarantee at all ,) it was tested on Ubuntu 10.04 by now, please leave a short comment if you’re experiencing any problems or if you want to let the world know about a success on your particular system.


Since version 2.3.0 this feature is permanently built into xplanetFX and can be used via GUI and CLI.

  1. 6 comments on “xplanetFX: NASA Blue Marble Collection as textures”

  2. Phyllinux

    Thanks a lot Markus !!!
    It works fine on my Naty.
    It’s exactly what I wanted 🙂

  3. Markus

    Hey Phyllinux,

    great to hear that and thanks for the reply!

    Cheers, markus.

  4. Davide

    Hi Markus,

    great script… it works on my Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) – Gnome 2.30.2.

    I really like this new look… thank you guys! 🙂

  5. Markus

    Hey Davide,

    thank you for the info and your props!

    Cheers, markus.

  6. Daniel

    Hi Markus

    Thank you so much!

    It works perfectly on 10.10 as well.

  7. Markus

    Hey Daniel,

    Thank you for the indication and you’re welcome!

    Greetings, Markus.

Write a comment / Schreibe einen Kommentar (xplanetFX: NASA Blue Marble Collection as textures)

Please note that comments are moderated and don't appear immediately. If you're reporting a problem or a bug I'll publish them when I started processing your request.

Bitte beachte: Kommentare sind moderiert und erscheinen nicht sofort. Ich veröffentliche Bugreports und Hilferequests erst, sobald ich mich eines Problems oder Bugs angenommen habe.

You're reporting a bug? click here!

Thank you very much!! You're doing an essential job for the development of open source software! The following points aren't meant as dogmas but as a clue, decide for yourself what you think could be useful in troubleshooting.

  • Please...
  • ...state name and version of your operating system / desktop environment
  • ...state the version of the program you're using
  • ...be detailed in what is happening and what you expected to happen
  • ...try to provide some deeper information (like xplanetFX logs or the output of the program when started in a terminal window)
  • ...speak to me as a human being, don't think I'm a bot.

Du möchtest einen Fehler melden? klick hier!

Herzlichen Dank!! Fehlerberichte sind essentiell für die Entwicklung von Open-Source-Software! Die folgenden Punkte sind keine Dogmen, sondern sollen eher Anhaltspunkte darstellen; entscheide selbst, ob sie für die Fehlersuche hilfreich sein könnten.

  • Bitte...
  • ...nenne den Namen und die Version Deines Betriebssystems / Deiner Desktopumgebung
  • ...nenne die Version des von Dir benutzten Programms
  • ...beschreibe möglichst genau, was passiert und was Du erwartest, was passieren sollte
  • ...stelle möglichst tiefergehende Informationen zur Verfügung (xplanetFX Logs oder die Ausgabe des Programms im Terminalfenster)
  • ...sprich mit mir, wie mit einem Menschen, ich bin kein Automat.

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>