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cwizardone 12-13-2010 08:45 PM

Xsnow. It Is That Time Of The Year.
 
Is there a 'trick' to running Xsnow on the Xfce or KDE desktop? At the moment I have it running in Fluxbox, but prefer Xfce.
OTOH, I like what I see of Fluxbox. Amazingly lightweight!

hitest 12-13-2010 09:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cwizardone (Post 4190438)
OTOH, I like what I see of Fluxbox. Amazingly lightweight!

Yeah, Fluxbox is awesome. :)

ponce 12-14-2010 01:09 AM

for kde4, found this: it's fine but... ok, xsnow is another thing :)

but if noone updates it, it won't run there.

qweasd 12-14-2010 01:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cwizardone (Post 4190438)
Is there a 'trick' to running Xsnow on the Xfce or KDE desktop?

Probably not exactly what you are looking for, but in KDE there is a Snow plugin, in System Settings > Desktop > Desktop Effects > All Effects >

devnull10 12-14-2010 07:21 AM

Shame that it doesn't work with KDE. I tried using it with FVWM2 which works apart from it doesn't like conky! :(

GazL 12-14-2010 07:48 AM

All the modern desktop environments replace the X11 root window with their own full-screen window which holds desktop icons and what have you. Compositing window managers also tend to do this. When you run something like xsnow it still uses the root window which is covered by the desktop window so you can't see the animation. To get xsnow and other older stuff that uses the root window to work under xfce you'll have to disable xfdesktop (Settings/Session and Startup), but then you lose the desktop functionality that it provides.

allend 12-14-2010 08:24 AM

/me ponders. Snow?
- poor TV picture due to weak signal?
- fabled photoshop effect in mountain scenes?
- environment visited by dollar burners with desire to wear plaster?

cwizardone 12-14-2010 10:06 AM

Ponse and Qweasd,
Yes, thank you, I was aware of that, but, as Ponse said, "...xsnow is another thing." :)

Gazl,
I tried removing the xfdesktop, but xsnow still wouldn't run. Oh, well... guess I was being just a little too nostalgic. I remember how much my children liked it when they were very young. Kinda of liked it myself. :)
So, it looks like it is Fluxbox for The Christmas Season.
:)

Thanks to all of you for your suggestions and Merry Christmas!

:hattip:

Keith Hedger 12-14-2010 01:37 PM

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xsnow runs fine on 64bit slackware running gnome

mlangdn 12-14-2010 02:05 PM

I couldn't get it to run on KDE, nor does KDE's Snow effect work. Maybe I have to logout and back in? That shouldn't be right, though.

jmccue 12-14-2010 05:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Keith Hedger (Post 4191303)
xsnow runs fine on 64bit slackware running gnome

Hi Keith

Did you upgrade to 1.42 ? Slackware (seems all releases) comes with
xsnow 1.40 and I usually upgrade to 1.42. I only upgrade because I
like the graphic of the santa in 1.42, your screen seems to have the
same graphic as 1.42 (or is there an option I do not know about).

Regards
john

PS, maybe the OP can try an upgrade of xsnow, it is quite easy to build
(I cannot past in urls, but maybe google xsnow-1.42.tar.gz)

Keith Hedger 12-14-2010 05:19 PM

actually I use a hacked copy of xsnow which I've added lights and the xmas tree to but it compiled fine it says its version 1.42

qweasd 12-14-2010 07:22 PM

I know I am not helping anyone, but here is xsnow in mwm in xnest in KDE :p
http://melikamp.com/gfx/xnest-mwm-xsnow.png (~1.7 MiB)

cwizardone 12-14-2010 10:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jmccue (Post 4191480)
...PS, maybe the OP can try an upgrade of xsnow, it is quite easy to build
(I cannot past in urls, but maybe google xsnow-1.42.tar.gz)

Many Thanks! I didn't know there was a newer version. By upgrading* to 1.42, Xsnow
now works in Xfce. I couldn't get it to work in KDE, but as I now use Xfce 99.9% of
the time that is no great loss. :)
Again, many thanks!
Ho, Ho, HO! Merry Christmas!


*Actually since there wasn't a package available, I compiled and installed 1.42.

kurtwall 12-14-2010 11:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Keith Hedger (Post 4191303)
xsnow runs fine on 64bit slackware running gnome

That's totally awesome. Love xsnow!


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