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CliMsg
FBPic
Xfce4-Composite-Editor
Xfce4-Theme-Manager
KKEdit
GtkSu
ManPageEditor
ASpell GUI
Clipboard Viewer
XDecorations




CLIMsg

Climsg  is  a  simple inter-process communication program, mostly designed for scripts that don't usually have such a thing.
Messages can be sent, received, repeated or flushed from the queue, the message system is  handled  by  the kernel,  so any modern kernel should be fine, if you have compiled your own kernel you may have to 'opt in' the message system.
Messages can use the default 'key' or can specify a custom 'key' allowing for  semi-private  communications, also  message  'types' can  be  used, a type is any integer > 0, only messages of the correct type will be peeled of from the queue and printed to stdout, type 0 is a special case and is use to receive any  message regardless of 'type' of course the 'key' must match as well.

Because  the  messages are handled by the kernel, messages can be passed to and received back from a chroot environment.

Queues are FIFO and LOCAL only.

A simple demo script is included in the source package.
To install just extract the source CD into it an do make;sudo make install.

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FBPic

A simple command line application to display a ppm image on the linux console.
To install repeat the linux mantra "make;sudo make install"

To display the image /fancyboot/images/main.ppm on the console:
cat /fancyboot/images/main.ppm|fbpic

To scale and display a jpg on the console via Imagemagik:
convert /fancyboot/images/ntpd.png -scale 1024x768! ppm:-|fbpic

Simple one line console slideshow, change "scale" to your frame buffer resolution:
setterm -cursor off;find /path/to/pics/*.jpg|while read;do convert -scale 1024x768! ppm:-|fbpic;sleep 2;done;setterm -cursor on

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Xfce4-Composite-Editor

I wrote this simple GUI to control the various Xfce4 WM tweaks that are not available via the "Window Manager Tweaks" control panel.
These settings are available via the xconf settings editor but that is one of the most awkward GUI's I  have ever used as you have to select the xfwm4 channel, expand the tree, scroll to the option you want, select it, click edit, change the setting and click save, then the tree gets collapsed and you have to start again!
So this nice simple GUI to control the composite manager, the settings are self explanatory.

This is an updated version and all controls are now 'Live', but should you need to you can restart Xfwm4 manually, this version no longer needs gtkdialog as its a 'proper' c application.

DEPENDENCIES:
gtk+-2.0 >= 2.24.0
libxfce4ui-1 >= 4.8.0
libxfconf-0 >= 4.8.1

INSTALL:
(The linux mantra:)
./configure
make
sudo make install




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Xfce-Theme-Manager

Having switched to Xfce from gnome one of the main annoyances I have found is having multiple settings GUI's for setting the theme, one for the window border and one for the controls/icons and neither include  thumbnails!
As I like to switch themes and mix and match this soon became VERY irritating hence this application, as you can see from the screenshots only one GUI is used to set all the bits of a theme, the "Themes" tab contains themes that have an integrated window border/control theme ( and if there is a gnome-like theme.index file that specifies an icon set this will be used as well ), everything is fairly self explanatory  just click on a thumbnail to set a particular theme/window border/control/icon set.
Full installation/usage is in the README file in the archive.

Meta theme tab:



Window border tab:



Controls tab:



Icons tab:



Cursors tab:



Wallpapers:



Advanced:

advancetab1

advancedtab

Custom Theme Dialog:




Download Xfce-Theme-Manager-0.3.6
Old Versions


Xdecorations

XDecorations like it's name implies allows you to set various decorations on the X root window like so:




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 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 ).

This works with a number of different WM's but if you are using gnome3/unity you got no chance!

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 ).

TODO
Make flying objects animated.
Make positioning of objects easier ( top/bottom etc).
Allow multi trees/figures/lamps etc at run time.
Better documentation.
Double buffering.
Restore desktop icons.
And probably a load more stuff.

Building
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 libxext-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

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