boing man page on aLinux
boing(6) XScreenSaver manual boing(6)
boing - draws a bouncing ball like the ancient Amiga demo
boing [-display host:display.screen] [-window] [-root] [-install]
[-visual visual] [-delay usecs] [-smooth] [-lighting] [-scanlines]
[-speed] [-no-spin] [-angle degrees] [-size ratio] [-parallels n]
[-meridians n] [-wireframe] [-fps]
The boing program draws a bouncing checkered ball on a grid.
This is a clone of the first graphics demo for the Amiga 1000, which
was written by Dale Luck and RJ Mical during a break at the 1984 Con‐
sumer Electronics Show (or so the legend goes.) The boing ball was
briefly the official logo of Amiga Inc., until they were bought by Com‐
modore later that year.
With no arguments, this program looks a lot like the original Amiga
demo. With "-smooth -lighting", it looks... less old.
boing accepts the following options:
-window Draw on a newly-created window. This is the default.
-root Draw on the root window.
Install a private colormap for the window.
Specify which visual to use. Legal values are the name of a
visual class, or the id number (decimal or hex) of a specific
The delay between frames of the animation, in microseconds:
-smooth Draw a smooth sphere instead of a faceted polyhedron.
Do shaded lighting instead of flat colors.
If the window is large enough, draw horizontal lines to simu‐
late the scanlines on a low resolution monitor.
Change the animation speed; 0.5 to go half as fast, 2.0 to go
twice as fast.
Don't rotate the ball.
The jaunty angle at which the ball sits. Default 15 degrees.
How big the ball is; default 0.5 meaning about half the size of
-meridians n The pattern of rectangles on the ball. Default
-fps Display the current frame rate, CPU load, and polygon count.
DISPLAY to get the default host and display number.
to get the name of a resource file that overrides the global
resources stored in the RESOURCE_MANAGER property.
bsod(6), pong(6), xscreensaver(1), X(1)
Copyright © 2005 by Jamie Zawinski. Permission to use, copy, modify,
distribute, and sell this software and its documentation for any pur‐
pose is hereby granted without fee, provided that the above copyright
notice appear in all copies and that both that copyright notice and
this permission notice appear in supporting documentation. No repre‐
sentations are made about the suitability of this software for any pur‐
pose. It is provided "as is" without express or implied warranty.
Jamie Zawinski <firstname.lastname@example.org>, 19-Feb-2005.
X Version 11 5.07 (10-Aug-2008) boing(6)
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