About Xteddy

(From the desk of the author)

I created Xteddy way back in 1994 as a spare time hack for fun. The reception he got from my colleagues was so heart-warming I was encouraged to distribute him world-wide. Much to my surprise, the response was overwhelming. By now, I have received hundreds of friendly messages of appreciation from all over the world, and they keep dropping in even this long after the release. To all of you teddy bear lovers out there: thanks!

The teddy bear image is a photo of a 1990's Tender Teddy from Gund. I have the original sitting on my non-virtual desktop at work.


Xteddy version 1.1 should compile on most Unix/X systems. He has been reported to run properly without modifications on SunOS, Solaris, HP/UX, AIX, A/UX, Irix and Linux, among others, and he is compatible with X11R4, R5 and R6 as well as all versions of OpenWindows. Should you encounter any problems, let me know and I'll try to help.

There was a known problem with KDE at one time. I don't know whether this is still a problem, but there is a simple patch available for version 1.1 to fix this problem.

Your own teddy bear

If you would rather like to have the program display an image of your own teddy bear, or one you wish you had, it isn't that difficult. Instructions may be found in the documentation supplied with the source code in the distributions of Xteddy. For version 1.1. it takes a bit of fiddling with XPM image files, but for version 2.0 it's really very simple, thanks to Andreas Tille and ImLib.

Port to Windows 95/NT/2000/XP/7/8/10 available!

Claudio Felber at Cybernetic managed to port Xteddy to Windows32 (95, NT, 2000, XP and also 7/8/10). The port was painful, but it is skilfully and cleverly done, it works, and it looks very good. The official release was once available from Claudio, but I have kept a copy here as well for you to grab and unzip.

Port to OS/2 available

A port of Xteddy that runs under the Presentation Manager of OS/2 was written by Alessandro Mascherpa. There are no true shaped windows under OS/2, so this port uses a somewhat ugly but rather clever workaround. The archive can be downloaded from here:

Port to MacOS 8/9

A port to MacOS 8/9 was made long ago, and can still be found at an archive site (Thanks go to Software Santa for letting me know.)

Port to MacOS X

A port to MacOS X was made by Stefan Leuker, but it seems his site "materialarts.com" has since disappeared. If you find it somewhere, please let me know so I can link to it.

Ports to OpenBSD and NetBSD

A port to OpenBSD has been made by Kevin Lo. Download it straight from the horse's mouth at the OpenBSD CVS web.

A port to NetBSD is also available thanks to Hubert Feyrer. There are two versions available, both the original version and the new and improved version which requires ImLib.

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