ChBg is for changing desktop backgrounds in a given period. It can render images with 10 modes (such as tiled, centered, scaled, etc.). It uses Imlib1, Imlib2, or gdk_pixbuf for loading images, so it supports many image formats. ChBg has a windowed setup program, is able to load setup files, can be used as slideshow picture previewer in its own window or as a desktop background, and can be used as screensaver or as an xscreensaver hack. It has a dialog for fast previewing of pictures and very usable thumbnail previews.
BitLife is an implementation of life using boolean operations (AND, OR, XOR), computing each new cell from 9 bits (itself & neighbours). It's performed in parallel on the whole image by bitblit operations (with hardware accelearation where possible). This also allows many parallel life games to run in each bitplane of the screen, giving a translucent blending effect. A proof-of-concept Python (pygame/Numeric) implementation and an xscreensaver hack are included.
GNUSTEP Live CD contains a lot of software for GNUstep, a free implementation of the OPENSTEP framework (which is also directly used in Mac OS X as Cocoa). It includes excellent applications for RAD (GORM and ProjectCenter). The CD is available for i486, AMD64, Apple Mac PowerPC, and Sun UltraSPARC computers.
Simulum deals with different simulations of star movements and their visualizations. At first it looks at the projection and accumulation of star brightness. In actually doing this it distributes stars among a three dimensional figure. To get a nice effect it combines the photographic image production with a moving view point. So the outcome is the visual impression of flying through a star field. Secondly it studies different algorithms of particle movements and clustering. The primary approach uses a combination of Newton's gravitational law, energy, and impulse conservation. At all these stages an highly dynamic view of the processes is able to be produced.
Sunscape is a screen saver and locker for PocketPC mobile devices. It is similar to the iPhone slide to unlock feature, but targets the Windows Mobile system. It provides an interface that displays configurable information about the handheld device. The graphics used are completely replaceable, allowing users to build their preferred custom interface. The main goals are to keep Sunscape completely configurable to the user as well as maintaining a very low memory footprint.