I just saw my first Christmas lights a few days ago. Do you know what that means? I’m scrambling on my steep roof and putting up those “wonderful” icicles and decorating our ten foot high trees with lights up to the top. Not to mention those dang candles in the windows (which means putting out the lights on the upstairs windows and closing the shades). But Christmas time isn’t all doom and gloom. It brings a very special time: decorating your GNU/Linux-based PC.
I’ll start off with my collection of Christmas wallpapers (all related in some way to GNU/Linux). Here’s a list of my favorite wallpapers:
Lastly, a little program for those who like widgets and such. Xsnow (created by Rick Jansen is a really old program for GNU/Linux that sends snow flakes, wind, and sometimes Santa’s sleigh across your desktop (see figure 1). If you use KDE, you need to make sure programs can run in the desktop window (KControl>Desktop>Behavior and check Allow programs in desktop window).
Figure 2: Xsnow
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Andrew Min is a student, programmer, and journalist from New York City.
My main forte in the technology realm is journalism. I’ve written for a variety of magazines, both print and non-print, with a focus on open source software and the new web. I’ve also been interviewed on a long list of topics, ranging from politicians on Twitter to open source software and homeschooling.