Variety 0.4.15 was released a couple of days ago (after a very short-lived 0.4.14 before it that had an erroneous dependency listed).
This is again a release focusing preliminary on fixing existing bugs, with only a couple of new features added.
Lots of bugs fixed
The full list can be seen here.
Support for the newest MATE and Cinnamon editions
MATE 1.6 and Cinnamon 1.8 both changed their ways for setting the wallpaper. Variety 0.4.15’s set_wallpaper script is updated to reflect these changes so Variety works with these out of the box.
As most of you know, the login manager in Ubuntu – LightDM, has a feature to display the user’s wallpaper when selecting a username. However, for this to work there are a load of requirements that need to be met, mainly related to file permissions, so in practice images downloaded by Variety or simply placed in some random folder were not displayed in LightDM.
Variety now has an option to make LightDM “happy” – you can find it in the Customize tab. If this setting does not work for you, please read carefully here before reporting bugs.
More easily themeable icon
This is targeted mainly at distribution maintainers and icon theme creators. Variety’s indicator icon can now be themed in the standard XDG way – just provide an icon named “variety-indicator” in the theme and if the icon option is left at the default “Light” value, Variety will use it instead of the default.