XDecorations like it's name implies allows
you to set various decorations on the X root window like so:
Click an image to play the movie.
Autumn Leaves Movie
Christmas Movie 1
Christmas Movie 2
This is along the lines of xsnow/xpenguins,
and allows you to set theme able decorations on the desktop, you
can choose ( at the moment ) either Halloween,Autumn or Xmas
themes or you can add your own.
You can set the speed of the various parts
of the theme and their positions, either from the command line
or from a config file, ( there is a documented default config
file included ).
If you use the Lubuntu desktop you may have
to kill pcmanfm to release the desktop ( this used to be an
option in pcmanfm but seems to have disappeared ).
In KDE to get the decorations on all workspaces start xdecorations
with kstart like so:
kstart --alldesktops ./xdecorations -configfile
There are A LOT
of options so please have a look at the
included documented config file and use:
For quick help ( most up to date ).
See the INSTALL file for system stuff.
Documented config file
Some of the available decorations:
More to come!
The default is to use a transparent window instead of writing
direct to the root window because a lot of distros cover the root
If you have a low spec machine and you find that it is struggling
with the default window set up first try disabling double
buffering, which speeds things considerably, if that doesn't help
try writing direct to the root window which is the fastest option
but has some drawbacks, not all distro's support drawing to the
root window, desktop icons will be slowly erased ( not gone just
rubbed out ), also the alpha channel is not supported on the root
window, so no semi-transparent objects ( see the skeleton in the
Halloween theme ).
Make flying objects animated- DONE.
Make positioning of objects easier (
top/bottom etc) -DONE.
Allow multi trees/figures/lamps etc at run
Better documentation -1/2 DONE.
Double buffering -DONE.
Restore desktop icons -NOT NEEDED.
And probably a load more stuff.
To build just extract the tarball cd into
the extracted folder and run 'make', there is no configure
script, the app can be run from the build folder like so
./xdecorations or you can run 'sudo make install' which will
install it globally, default is to install in /usr, but if you
want to install elsewhere you will need to manually change the
Makefile, DESTDIR is homered for packaging.
If you are using debian you may have to
install some -dev packages like so:
sudo apt-get install build-essentials
sudo apt-get install libxpm-dev libxt-dev
You may or may not need all of these dev
packages, for instance xubuntu didn;t need the libxext-dev
package but oddly Lubuntu did.
Fedora users may need to install some
-devel packages like so:
sudo yum install libXpm-devel
sudo yum install libXt-devel imlib2-devel