A random slideshow in UbuntuPosted: July 23, 2013
The other day I wanted to use my tv for a slideshow of my travel pictures. Something simple, just select a folder and have a program like Shotwell create a slideshow with a random order on my tv. Of course, Ubuntu and double screen equals fail. For some reaason all the programs I tried either were incapable of using the tv as the slideshow screen (even after cloning screens… now that’s a wtf) or where not able to recursively use all the pictures in a folder.
feh to the rescue. It’s not pretty, but feh seems to be exactly what I was looking for. It’s a CLI application for Linux and after some RTFM I came up with this script:
feh ~/Pictures \ --scale-down \ --geometry 1920x760 \ --slideshow-delay 9 \ --recursive \ --randomize \ --auto-zoom \ --draw-filename \ --image-bg black
You can probably figure out by yourself what each option means. If not, just man feh.