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AMOR is a nice toy which is absolutely senseless. It displays a tiny figure on your desktop, running on top of your windows or falling down to the bottom. It is a KDE application, but it should be no problem to use it in Gnome (as I do).
In the package are several figures such as the FreeBSD-Daemon, and Tux (in 2 variations). There are also things like a ghost flown from a castle and some more. Some creatures are only static (the FreeBSD-Daemon, Little Billy, and the classic Tux), but the rest are animated. An list of the available themes is provided here.
If you like to see some tips, AMOR also supplies 2 kinds of speech bubbles for them. The first kind are the KDE-Tips and the second kind are for application related hints. Unfortunately there appear to be no applications making use of this second functionality.
The configuration is very simple. Just catch the creature to open the context-menu and choose to open the configuration-dialog.
Overall, as said by the name too, it is an “Amusing Misuse Of Resources”, but I do like the jumping glyphs while working.
AMOR was written by Martin R. Jones and Gerardo Puga. AMOR is in Debian from oldstable to unstable for the common architectures and in Ubuntu from dapper to hardy for amd64, i386 and powerpc. It depends only on some basic kde-libs (kdelibs4c2a, kdelibs-data, libqt3-mt) which are already installed on many systems. If you want to keep your non-KDE system clean try the “-s”-option of aptitude first and decide for yourself.