Xearth is a definite blast from the past, and it shows; the program's origins date back more than 20 years, and not a lot has changed since then. But Xearth still functions as a really cool desktop background that shows the Earth's rotation in real time. There are probably similar programs that are much more sophisticated, but if you want to kick it old-school, Xearth is a fun and interesting choice.
Upon installation, the program filled our desktop with a spherical view of the Earth against a starry black background. The default view showed the part of the … Read more