bsod - Blue Screen of Death emulator
bsod [-display host:display.screen] [-foreground color] [-background color] [-window]
[-root] [-mono] [-install] [-visual visual] [-delay seconds]
The bsod program is the finest in personal computer emulation.
bsod steps through a set of screens, each one a recreation of a different failure mode of
an operating system. Systems depicted include Microsoft's Windows 95 and Windows NT, Com-
modore-Amiga's AmigaDOS 1.3, SPARC Linux, SCO UNIX, the Apple Macintosh (both the MacsBug
debugger and the rarer "Sad Mac"), and the Atari ST.
bsod accepts the following options:
-window Draw on a newly-created window. This is the default.
-root Draw on the root window.
-mono If on a color display, pretend we're on a monochrome display.
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 visual.
The delay between displaying one crash and another.
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.
Notable X resources supported include the following, which control which hacks are dis-
played and which aren't. doWindows, doNT, doWin2K, doAmiga, doMac, doMac1, doMacsBug,
doSCO, doAtari, doBSD, doLinux, doSparcLinux, doBlitDamage, and doSolaris. Each of these
is a Boolean resource, they all default to true, except for doSparcLinux and doAtari,
which are turned off by default, because they're really not all that interesting looking
unless you're a fan of those systems. There aren't command-line options for these, so to
change them, you'll need to add entries to your .Xdefaults file, or use the -xrm option.
For example, to tell bsod not to show the NT crash:
bsod -xrm '*doNT: false'
Unlike the systems that the images are borrowed from, bsod does not require a reboot after
bsod should also emulate more systems, but systems with interesting crash graphics are not
as common as one might hope.
One I'd really like to see is a Unix system getting a kernel panic, rebooting, and running
X(1), xscreensaver(1), http://www.microsoft.com/, http://www.apple.com/, and
http://www.sco.com/, http://www.kernel.org/, and http://www.amiga.de/.
Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Windows 95, and Microsoft Windows NT are all registered
trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Apple Macintosh is a registered trademark of Apple
Computer. Amiga is a registered trademark of Amiga International, Inc. Atari ST is prob-
ably a trademark, too, but it's hard to tell who owns it. Linux is a registered trademark
of Linus Torvalds, but it isn't his fault.
Copyright (C) 1998 by Jamie Zawinski. Permission to use, copy, modify, distribute, and
sell this software and its documentation for any purpose 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 representations
are made about the suitability of this software for any purpose. It is provided "as is"
without express or implied warranty. No animals were harmed during the testing of these
simulations. Always mount a scratch monkey.
Concept cribbed from Stephen Martin <email@example.com>. This version is by Jamie Zawinski
X Version 11 28-Oct-98 XScreenSaver(1)