Linux / UNIX Desktop Fun: Let it Snow On Your Desktop

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Feeling lonely this holiday season? Try Xsnow. This little app will let it snow on the Unix / Linux desktop. Santa and his reindeer will complete your festive season feeling with moving snowflakes on your desktop, with Santa Claus running all over the screen.

I first installed this 13 or 14 years ago. It was was originally created for Macintosh systems in 1984. One cab create a snowy and Santa-y desktop. You can install it as follows:


Install xsnow

Debian / Ubuntu / Mint Linux users type the following apt command/apt-get command:
$ sudo apt-get install xsnow
Freebsd users type the following command to install the same:
# cd /usr/ports/x11/xsnow/
# make install clean

OR, try to add the binary package using pkg command:
# pkg_add -r xsnow
# pkg install xsnow
OpenBSD users type the following pkg_add command:
# pkg_add -v xsnow

How Do I Use xsnow?

Open a command-line terminal (select Applications > Accessories > Terminal), and then type the following to starts xsnow:
$ xsnow
Sample outputs:

Fig.01: Snow for your Linux and Unix desktop systems
Fig.01: Snow for your Linux and Unix desktop systems

You can set the background to a blue color and lets it snow white, type:
$ xsnow -bg blue -sc snow
To set the maximum number of snowflakes and runs as fast as possible, type:
$ xsnow -snowflakes 10000 -delay 0
Do not display the trees and Santa Claus running all over the screen, enter:
$ xsnow -notrees -nosanta
For more information about xsnow and other options, please see the manual page by typing man xsnow from the command line:
$ man xsnow

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Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

8 comment

  1. Debian squeeze 64 bit user download xsnow manually as it will not install on the 64- bit system using the apt-get and friends. So get the 32-bit version and install it:

    dpkg -i --force-architecture xsnow_1.42-8_i386.deb
  2. OpenIndiana users: package can be installed with “pkgutil” from OpenCSW:

    pkgadd -d

    /opt/csw/bin/pkgutil -i xsnow (or add /opt/csw/bin to ~/.profile)

    Recommended: xsnow -bg SkyBlue3

    Happy Holidays Solaris nerds! 😀

  3. Doesnt work on Debian at all………xsnow exists in usr/games. When i run it from a terminal nothing happens!

    Shame, i was looking forward to some snow!!!

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