KCometen4
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Description:

KCometen4 is an OpenGL KDE screensaver. Inside a box is a nifty light show that features lightning and exploding comets. It lets you configure various effects like comet behavior, camera movement, box face images, etc.
Last changelog:

9 years ago

Version 1.0.8
* Remove legacy configure script.
* Fix a few compiler warnings and an error that prevented compilation with clang.

ndimundoh

8 years ago

You are double right !

Thanks a lot

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hoihappen

8 years ago

nice screensaver, it looks really good. it's my favourite one. One feature request: it would be great if the desktop wouldn't be just a picture, but would be shown in real time. Is this possible to realise?

The Screensaver from Compiz-Fusion do have this function.

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jstamp

8 years ago

That would be an interesting feature. Thanks for mentioning it.

This might be a bit difficult with the current code, though. The Compiz Fusion screensaver is basically a window manager plugin that uses libxss. I suspect I'd need to do something similar: make a version of KCometen4 that's a KWin effect. Would it play nicely with libkscreensaver? No idea.

I'll look into it further when I get a chance. If you see a nicer way, or if you have patches, I'd be happy to see them.

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colokalle

8 years ago

Kubuntu 9.04 (KDE 4.3 beta)

when screen locks, kcometen runs. The first time it runs, everything is normal...unlock screen dialog appears and password returns to desktop.

The second time it runs, kcometen looks fine as a screensaver, but moving the mouse to get an unlock screen dialog locks everything up. The only way out is a hard reset.

Is there something that can be done to avoid this?

Kalle

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jstamp

8 years ago

I haven't seen that before. Using KDE 4.2.4 here. What happens when you use another KDE OpenGL screen saver like Euphoria or KRotation?

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colokalle

8 years ago

some days it seems like the open source community is the only thing that works right.

Tried using Euphoria. Same thing happened.

Turned compositing off. Euphoria worked. And kcometen too.

I'll explore on Kubuntu or KDE to see if this is a known issue.

Thank you.

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kwr2k

8 years ago

I've got this happening on openSUSE too ... with KDE 4.3 (trunk) so it must be OpenGL issue.

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nucleas

8 years ago

KCometen4 can be installed now in Fedora 9 and 10 with yum:

yum install kcometen4

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colokalle

8 years ago

very nice. Set the timeout on 1 minute. More fun watching than the exploding heads on TeeVee

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henkees

8 years ago


Information for howto build the rpm can be found on http://forums.opensuse.org/programming-scripting/407948-rpm-kcometen4-1-0-3-screensaver.html

It is not so difficult as it seems to be.

if you don't want to do it by yourself, drop me an email on henkees@henkees-markus.nl and I will send you the RPM and/or the spec.file.

Remember: only for Suse 11.1, 64 bits!

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henkees

8 years ago

I made an RPM for openSuSE 11.1 x86_64,
it is working on the Intell systems, probably also on AMD and other systems - but till now I could only test it on the Intell x86_64.

If you are interested, I can send you the RPM and/or the spec-file. If so, post me a message.

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jstamp

8 years ago

Thanks for that! I think I'm going to keep packaging related files out of the tarball though, because in my experience they get in the way once various distributions start doing their own stuff.

Would you be interested in getting the package into PackMan?

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henkees

8 years ago

That would be nice. To who/where can I send the RPM etc...?

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jstamp

8 years ago

The last two sections of this page should give you the info you're looking for:

http://wiki.links2linux.de/wiki/PackMan:FAQ_(en)

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felixger

8 years ago

Thanks for that nice screensaver. I want to use the screensaver on my dual screen system (2 x 16:10 TFT @ 1680x1050). The Screensaver is only in the middle of 3/4 of the screens width (3/4 of (2x1680px width)). that looks cracy because the rest of the screen (1/4) flashing strange. Is it possible, that this screensaver doesnt support 2 screens or is it a problem of the opengl driver (ATI Card). Thx alot!

Felix

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jstamp

8 years ago

No idea right now. I don't have a dual screen setup, so it may be a few days before I can scrounge up an extra monitor and try it out.

In the meantime, please send me an email to my sourceforge address (in the AUTHORS file) with some basic stats and, if possible, a screenshot. I'd really be interested in the following: KDE version? xinerama or xrandr? 1 video card or 2? problems with other KDE OpenGL screensavers like euphoria?

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shaumux

8 years ago

I wrote an ebuild for gentoo.
You can get it here.
http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=258768

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shaumux

8 years ago

The ebuild is now in the official gentoo repository.

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jstamp

8 years ago

Thanks!

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titoucha

8 years ago

It's very good job, thank's

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sparxxxie

8 years ago

this is the best screensaver i've ever seen. great work! keep it up!

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K-D-E

8 years ago

What do I need to do to see kcometen4 in srceen saver list? When I run kcomenten from /usr/local/share/kde4/services/ScreenSavers/kcometen4.desktop or /usr/local/bin/kcometen4.kss it works just fine but i dont know how to set it as screen saver.

Thanks!

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jstamp

8 years ago

As you said, it looks like KDE isn't searching for screensaver .desktop files in /usr/local. Other people have had this issue, so I'd better put it in the README.

You can work around this by copying kcometen4.desktop to your KDE4 settings dir:

~/.(kde|kde4)/share/kde4/services/ScreenSavers

After KDE rescans the settings it should show up in the System Settings Screen Saver module.

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mfillpot

7 years ago

If you wish to run kcometen4 in slackware you can get the slackbuild scripts for it at http://slackbuilds.org/result/?search=kcometen4&sv= in the case of running it on slackware 12.2 you can use the slackware 13.0 script.

The script builds a working slackware package that is auto-detected by xscreensaver.

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K-D-E

7 years ago

I managed to run kcomenten4 in slackware 12.2 and 13.1 by copying kcometen4.desktop in KDE4 settings dir (as jstamp said), but with slackbuild installation is much easier .. Thanks man!

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9 years ago

Version 1.0.8
* Remove legacy configure script.
* Fix a few compiler warnings and an error that prevented compilation with clang.

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