Xsnow

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Sample output of Xsnow 1.42 on a KDE/Linux system

Xsnow is a software application that was originally created as a virtual greeting card for Macintosh systems in 1984. In 1993, the concept was ported to the X Window System as Xsnow, and was included on a number of Linux distributions in the late 1990s.

Licensing[edit]

Even though Xsnow was distributed with earlier versions of Linux, its most recent versions are shareware Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X ports with added features. The Unix-based ports include the source code in order to allow compiling to other platforms, but the software is not considered free software in the strictest sense.

License[edit]

Xsnow is available freely and you may give it to other people as is, but I retain all rights. Therefore it does not classify as 'Public Domain' software. It *is* allowed to package Xsnow for Unix/Linux distributions, CD-Roms etc, and to make the necessary changes to makefiles etc. to facilitate this.

Variants[edit]

  • At least one free variant with source code has been published for Windows by Revenger, Inc. This version is snow-only and does not use code from the Xsnow codebase.
  • MacPorts has a source code build for Mac OS X that's not the shareware version.
  • BSnow, a snow only replicant for BeOS is bundled with Haiku.
  • Let It Snow! a snow-only variant for Android. This version does not use code from the Xsnow codebase.

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