Is there any way to let it snow on my linux mint destkop?

I want snow fall on my desktop really badly.

Tried Xsnow (with Mate/Marco, Mate/Compiz and KDE/Kwin) but doesn’t work.
Snow plugin for Compiz doesn’t work anymore either.
Snow feature of KDE was removed.

Is there any other way to get the snow?

Asked By: Wolf480pl


Use xsnow after having killed the desktop application that covers the root window. Run xkill and click on the desktop. That works at least in LXDE where pcmanfm usually handles the desktop, but should work in other environments as long as they don’t require there being a desktop window in the background and don’t restart it automatically when it dies.

Answered By: Stéphane Chazelas

I thought that a lua script (started by Conky) would be a good tool for this job. There’s loads of conky examples on the internet (e.g. here and here), which could be used to make it snow on your desktop only when it’s snowing outside, for example.

I saw on a forum that some guy had posted some video tutorials on how to write a lua script for fireworks as well as snow, but unfortunately he’s taken them down from YouTube…

There is however some leftover code that could be used as a template, but unfortunately doesn’t work in isolation.

If I had the time and inclination to learn lua and fix this myself, here’s what I’d do:

  1. Install conky. Mint probably has it in its package manager.
  2. Save that snowfall fragment somewhere (e.g. ~/.conky/lua/snowfall.lua)
  3. Add the following lines to ~/.conkyrc

    lua_load /path/to/home/.conky/lua/snowfall.lua
    lua_draw_hook_pre snowday

  4. Run conky. Look for errors, and debug / comment lines out / add functions where necessary…

This is the basics of the snowday function, as usable by conky. I’d love to see this work actually!
What’s missing? The timer and Vector classes, at least..

function conky_snowday()

    local emt2 = ParticleEmitter(Vector(0,0,400))
        timer.Create("fuller", 0.1, 0, function()
        for i=1, 1000 do
            local snowparty = emt2:Add("particle/snow",LocalPlayer():GetPos() + Vector(0,0,1000))
Answered By: Alex Leach

For all your holiday decorations try this:

Answered By: Tony Duncun

Not so sure whether it will work for xsnow but here’s what I did to solve xpenguins issue.
1. Install openbox and obconf
2. Logout of current sesion and start an openbox session.
3. Right Click -> start terminal -> xpenguins (may be xsnow for you)
For detailed description check this answer.

Answered By: Abinash Dash

There is a new version of xsnow, working on many desktops (including raspbian):

And it is also available on sourceforge:

Answered By: Willem Vermin
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