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Thread: how do I get snow back on my desktop?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Arizona State

    how do I get snow back on my desktop?

    this may seem like a silly problem, but one of the things that I fell in love with when I first started using Linux several years ago was the snow effect on Compiz and later on Kwin when I switched to KDE. But for some reason every single desktop environment has hacked this out of their code.

    So my question is this: what distro and which desktop environment do I have to use to get this plugin back? I'm more than willing to format my hard drive and distro hop JUST to get snow back on my computer.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Wabasha MN
    Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal

    Re: how do I get snow back on my desktop?

    This thread might help. I believe the snow screen saver is in this.

    EDIT: I am sorry I was thinking of something else when I posted here.
    Last edited by irv; September 18th, 2012 at 07:08 PM.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    WI USA
    Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

    Re: how do I get snow back on my desktop?

    Snow was removed from the Compiz extra plugins. E17 has snow and rain modules but they are very different. You would need a an SVN PPA or an E17 distro like Bodhi Linux to get the modules working.The E17 packages in the repo are incomplete and outdated and Compiz won't work with E17.

    There are Gnome 2 distros like Scientific Linux but I don't know if an older versions Compiz and plugins are available for it.
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  4. #4
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    Dec 2006

    Re: how do I get snow back on my desktop?

    Yep, and theres been no snow in KDE either since 4.7.

    See here for more details:


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