Celebrate Christmas in Linux Way: Give Your Linux System a Christmas Touch

It’s the holiday season and many of you might be celebrating Christmas already. From the team of It’s FOSS, I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

To continue the festive mood, I’ll show you some really awesome Linux wallpapers on Christmas theme. I’ll share a few tips to give your Linux system a Christmas touch.

Let it snow on your Linux desktop [for GNOME users]

Nothing makes Christmas more “Christmasy” then the snow flurries. If you are using GNOME, you can let it snow on your desktop as well.

Check which desktop environment you use. If it is GNOME, then you can use extensions to drop snowflakes on your desktop.

If you are not familiar with it, please read my detailed guide on using GNOME Extensions first. Repeating the steps here will derail the topic.

There are three GNOME Extensions that make snow flurries on your desktop.

  • Snow (last updated with GNOME Shell 3.38)
  • Let it Snow (Last updated with GNOME 3.38)
  • gsnow (last updated with GNOME 3.10)

While ‘Let it Snow’ has more features where you can control the number of snowflakes or make it not snow on the active window, Snow extension doesn’t have any configuration options.

You just have to activate this extension and enable it to make the snow fall on your desktop.

Snow On Linux Desktop

I didn’t notice any unusual surge in CPU consumption or RAM usage. Still, I would recommend you to be vigilant and keep an eye on the system stats with the task manager in Linux.

You can disable it by clicking the snowflake icon once again.

Change terminal prompts with Christmas goodies [For expert users]

Here’s another way for Christmas makeover. Change the prompt with Christmas tree, snowflake and gifts.

Linux Terminal Christmas

Now, if you are not too comfortable with the terminal, I suggest skipping it. If you are a regular Linux command line pro who knows what’s .bashrc file and how to edit these files in the terminal, here’s what you need to do.

Copy this code:

# print the git branch name if in a git project
parse_git_branch() {
  git branch 2> /dev/null | sed -e '/^[^*]/d' -e 's/* \(.*\)//'
}
# set the input prompt symbol
ARROW="❯"
# define text formatting
PROMPT_BOLD="$(tput bold)"
PROMPT_UNDERLINE="$(tput smul)"
PROMPT_FG_GREEN="$(tput setaf 2)"
PROMPT_FG_CYAN="$(tput setaf 6)"
PROMPT_FG_YELLOW="$(tput setaf 3)"
PROMPT_FG_MAGENTA="$(tput setaf 5)"
PROMPT_RESET="$(tput sgr0)"
# save each section prompt section in variable
PROMPT_SECTION_SHELL="\[$PROMPT_BOLD$PROMPT_FG_GREEN\]\s\[$PROMPT_RESET\]"
PROMPT_SECTION_DIRECTORY="\[$PROMPT_UNDERLINE$PROMPT_FG_CYAN\]\W\[$PROMPT_RESET\]"
PROMPT_SECTION_GIT_BRANCH="\[$PROMPT_FG_YELLOW\]\`parse_git_branch\`\[$PROMPT_RESET\]"
PROMPT_SECTION_ARROW="\[$PROMPT_FG_MAGENTA\]$ARROW\[$PROMPT_RESET\]"
# set the prompt string using each section variable
PS1="
🎄 $PROMPT_SECTION_SHELL ❄️  $PROMPT_SECTION_DIRECTORY 🎁 $PROMPT_SECTION_GIT_BRANCH 🌟
$PROMPT_SECTION_ARROW "

And add it to the end of your ~/.bashrc file. Save the file, close it and then open another terminal window or shell. You should have a changed command line prompt now.

To get back to normal, delete those lines you added from the ~/.bashrc file.

Display Christmas Tree in Linux Terminal

If you want to display an animated Christmas tree in the terminal, you can use the command below:

curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/sergiolepore/ChristBASHTree/master/tree-EN.sh | bash

If you don’t want to get it from the internet all the time, you can get the shell script from its GitHub repository, change the permission and run it like a normal shell script.

Display Christmas Tree in Linux terminal using Perl

Christmas Tree in Linux terminal by NixCraft

This trick was originally shared by NixCraft. You’ll need to install a Perl module for this.

To be honest, I don’t like using Perl modules because uninstalling them is a real pain. So use this Perl module knowing that you’ll have to manually remove it.

perl -MCPAN -e 'install Acme::POE::Tree'

You can read the original article here to know more about it.

Download Linux Christmas Wallpapers

All these Linux Christmas wallpapers are created by Mark Riedesel and you can find plenty of other artwork on his website.

He has been making such wallpapers almost every year since 2002 till 2019. Quite understandably some of the earliest wallpapers don’t have modern aspect ratio. I have put them up in reverse chronological order.

One tiny note. The images displayed here are highly compressed so download the wallpapers from the provided link only.

Christmastux2019

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Christmas Tux Wallpaper

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Christmas Linux Wallpaper

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Christmas Linux Wallpapers

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Christmas Linux Wallpapers

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Christmas Linux Wallpapers

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Christmas Linux Wallpapers

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Christmas Linux Wallpapers

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Christmas Linux Wallpapers

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Christmas Linux Wallpapers

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Christmas Linux Wallpapers

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Christmas Linux Wallpapers

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Christmas Linux Wallpapers

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Christmas Linux Wallpapers

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Christmas Linux Wallpapers

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Christmas Linux Wallpapers

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Christmas Linux Wallpapers

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Bonus: Linux Christmas carols

Here is a bonus for you. Christmas carols Linuxified for Linux lovers like us.

In an article on Computer World, Sandra Henry-Stocker shared such Christmas carols. An excerpt:

To the tune of: Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

Running merrily on open source
With users happy as can be
We’re using Linux and getting lots done
And happy everything is free

To the tune of: The Twelve Days of Christmas

On my first day with Linux, my admin gave to me a password and a login ID
On my second day with Linux my admin gave to me two new commands and a password and a login ID

You can read full carols here. If you want Tux avatar in the reindeer format, check out this repository.

Merry Linux to you!!

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  • I’m not really that big on snow and the wallpaper thing, also as no one besides myself gets to see my monitors, it would be a bit of a waste of time and effort. That said, have an awesome Christmas and a prosperous New Year ahead Abhishek. One of the best Foss sites on the web, keep up the good work.