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Star Field Plasma Wallpaper


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Star Field Plasma Wallpaper

Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  2313
Submitted:  May 31 2009
Updated:  Jan 20 2013


This plasma wallpaper draws an animated starfield in the background of your
desktop. It was inspired by the star field chrome experiment -

Firstly make sure you have the KDE workspace development files installed. For ubuntu run: sudo apt-get install kdebase-workspace-dev

If the source came in a zip then unzip it first. To install run install.sh:
Open up a terminal, navigate to the the starfield directory which has
install.sh then type:


You may be asked for your root password during installation.

After installing log out and then log back in. Then right click on your
desktop, go to 'Desktop Settings'. Then in wallpaper type you should see
'Star Field'.

- Dragging the starfield with the left mouse button will change it position
- Middle clicking on the wallpaper will pause the animation
- Mouse wheel scrolling will change the perspective of the view.

This wallpaper can be quite CPU intensive. To reduce the CPU usage you may try
the following:
- Pause the wallpaper. This should make the wallpaper use 0% CPU
- Enable 'Pause when desktop loses focus' in the advanced options
- Reduce the frames per second. This is THE main factor in deciding the CPU
usage. 15 FPS gives a somewhat smooth animation.
- Reduce number of stars
- Use a blank background (Leave the background path empty)
- Reduce trail length
- Use a lower quality
- Turn off antialiasing
- Use plasma in raster mode. To do this first quit plasma then restart it with
-graphicssystem raster argument:
For KDE 4.2:
kquitapp plasma
plasma -graphicssystem raster

For KDE 4.3:
kquitapp plasma-desktop
plasma -graphicssystem raster

However be warned that this method has not been thoroughly tested.

NOTE: Star speed does not affect CPU usage.



+ New features
- Removed features
% Changes
* Bugs fixed

v0.4.2 - 20/01/13
* Made wallpaper work on new versions of KDE

v0.4 - 25/08/09
+ Starfield pauses when a window is maximised on the current desktop
+ Added option to pause starfield when desktop loses focus (off by default)
% Reduce initial settings for lower CPU usage
% Large star size is now slightly smaller
* Stars now move smoother in lower speeds
* Zooming is much smoother now

v0.3.1 - 14/07/09
% Tweaked the UI
* Increasing the number of stars no longer crashes Plasma

v0.3 - 12/07/09
+ Added pause option
+ Added star size option
+ Added foreground option
+ Starfield view can now be dragged to move around
+ Added some tooltips and whatsthis to settings dialogs
% Middle click now pauses instead of resetting view
% Changed the look of the configuration window
% Keep basic settings in main configuration window and move
advanced settings to a seperate dialog
* Some drawing bugs fixed. Other plasmoids no longer corrupt the
starfield drawing.
* Preview screen now works better

Source(version 0.4.2)
Arch(0.4 - thanks to cherusker)
Mandriva(0.3 (2009.1 i586) - thanks to dglent)
Mandriva(0.3 (2009.1 86_64) - thanks to kubdat)
Ubuntu(0.4 - thanks to Rog131)
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 Mandriva RPM

 by dglent on: Jul 2 2009
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rpm i586 update


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 Re: Mandriva RPM

 by priomsrb on: Jul 7 2009
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Thanks again :)

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 by chrissu on: Jul 3 2009
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cool! I'm using it with Yuri_Planet background.
Only if it was a bit less cpu-consuming ... even on rather low detail it takes my dualcore 3,2GHz at about 30% when "idle" ...

Keep it on :-)

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 Re: absolutely

 by priomsrb on: Jul 7 2009
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In the next version I'm hoping to add the ability to pause the animation. That way when it not visible or you don't need it to be animated, it won't eat up your CPU :).

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 Re: Re: absolutely

 by chrissu on: Jul 7 2009
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Funny - yesterday I was just thinking about proposing the same idea ...
Would be great if you implemented this function soon!
Thx for your efforts!!!

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 Video preview in HD

 by madsheytan on: Jul 6 2009
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I've done a video preview of it. See here:


Be free to have a choice.
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 Re: Video preview in HD

 by priomsrb on: Jul 7 2009
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Thanks for making a video! BTW I like your desktop layout ;)

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 Mandriva 2009.1 86_64 rpm

 by kubdat on: Jul 12 2009
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 Re: Mandriva 2009.1 86_64 rpm

 by priomsrb on: Jul 12 2009
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thanks :)

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 Mandriva rpm

 by dglent on: Jul 12 2009
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Mandriva i586 rpm

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 by jonathanjhosue on: Jul 13 2009
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In my PC Athlon64 3800, nvidia 6200, 1GB RAM can not be used, the whole system slow.
In Laptop Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz, NVIDIA 8600M, 4GB RAM, runs stable, but considerably consume resources.

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 Re: test

 by priomsrb on: Jul 14 2009
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Yes this wallpaper is very resource consuming :). I recommend leaving it in paused mode most of the time.

In the next version I'm thinking of adding the ability to pause the wallpaper automatically when there are windows open or a window is maximised.

The reason why it uses so much resources is because it uses software rendering. Using hardware accelerated drawing like openGL would considerably reduce resource usage.

So far I have not been able to successfully use direct openGL rendering. If anyone out there can help me it will be very much appreciated :D.

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