I wrote a shell script that runs fortune and sends the output to your desktop. Enable it to start as a user after you login with "sl-fortune -i"

sl-fortune-0.1-noarch-1_zap.tgz (a slackpackage)
sl-fortune-0.1.tar.gz (the source)
sl-fortune.tar.gz (the slackbuild)

Happy slacking!

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The concept came from cb-fortune, a python script that was written for Crunchbang.