xearth (was: Re: Linux OS)

From: Huw Davies <huw.davies_at_kerberos.davies.net.au>
Date: Sat Oct 23 22:12:29 2004

On 19/10/2004, at 4:32 AM, Jules Richardson wrote:

> On Mon, 2004-10-18 at 17:41 +0000, Ethan Dicks wrote:
>> On Mon, Oct 18, 2004 at 11:46:49AM +0000, Jules Richardson wrote:
>>> I remember thinking how cool Linux was because it had xearth and
>>> Windows
>>> didn't :-)
>> That is my background on my _on-topic_ SPARC desktop.
>> I've been hacking xearth recently to render the Polar regions white.
>> Unfortunately, the shape tables are not commented, so I have to go
>> through manually to determine what shapes correspond to what land
>> features.
> Now that's pretty cool. Will you be releasing it into the wider
> world? :)
> I wonder if a modern version is overdue that does do some pretty good
> shading approximation of all the landmasses? And even better, some form
> of chaotic cloud approximation to give it that real 'earth from space'
> feel!

Have a look at OSXplanet (http://otte.ucsc.edu/~gabriel/osxplanet.html)
for a more modern version (that knows about the poles and lots of other

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