multi-resolution backgrounds

Mark markg85 at
Sat Jan 19 16:56:20 UTC 2008

2008/1/19, Matthias Clasen <mclasen at>:
> Hey,
> for a long time now, we've had the problem that we need to install
> multiple versions of the default background (regular, wide, dual-screen,
> etc), and leave the user to pick the best one manually.
> I finally sat down and finished a patch the I had lying around to make
> the gnome desktop support multi-resolution images. It piggybacks on
> Soerens animated background work and lets you specify backgrounds like
> this:
> <background>
>   <static>
>     <duration>10000</duration>
>     <sizes>
>       <file width="800" height="600">background-small.png</file>
>       <file width="1600" height="1200">background-medium.png</file>
>       <file width="1920" height="1200">background-huge.png</file>
>     </sizes>
>   </static>
> </background>
> This will show up as a single entry in the appearance capplet, and
> nautilus will pick the best size depending on the screen resolution.
> I hope to get this into F9 soon, for now, you'll have to use the
> patch in
> Matthias

Great to have that functionality in Nautilus!
now i'm wondering if something like this could be implemented for GDM
as well..?? the GDM background for Fedora 8 is a .png image with a
size of: 2560 x 1600 and having that auto adjusting to the user
display size would be wonderful!

or perhaps SVG support in GDM (couldn't both options in gdm's bugzilla)?

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