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. You can install it as follows:
Debian / Ubuntu / Mint users type the following 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 package:
# pkg_add -r xsnow
A Note About Other Distros
- Fedora / RHEL / CentOS Linux desktop users may find the package using rpmfusion repo.
- Gentoo user try Gentoo portage i.e. emerge -p xsnow
- OpenSuse Linux user try Yast and search for xsnow.
How Do I Use xsnow?
Open a command-line terminal (select Applications > Accessories > Terminal), and then type the following to starts xsnow:
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