Replace Gnome Screensaver with XScreenSaver on Ubuntu 12.10

XScreenSaver is both a large collection of screen savers and the framework for blanking and locking the screen. On the Linux and Unix Systems, XScreenSaver is running with X11 Windows System.

To remove the gnome-screensaver and replace it with xscreensaver, do this:

$ sudo apt-get remove gnome-screensaver
$ sudo apt-get install xscreensaver xscreensaver-gl-extra xscreensaver-data-extra

XscreenSaver also works on MAC OS X, without the X11 Window System.

Create the autostart file:

$ sudo touch /etc/xdg/autostart/screensaver.desktop

Next, paste the following code lines in the /etc/xdg/autostart/screensaver.desktop file:

[Desktop Entry]
Exec=xscreensaver -nosplash

Save and Exit the file. This is all.

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2 comments on “Replace Gnome Screensaver with XScreenSaver on Ubuntu 12.10
  1. Felipe Martínez says:

    I’m trying to install xscreensaver in ubuntu 12.10, but in the terminal said that this program is no longer in the repositories, so, I did download it and try to install it, but can make it work, even erasing gnome-screensaver, someone know how to fix it?

  2. Felipe Martínez says:

    I already fix it, after a partial installation, the system let me download the xscreensaver and make it work, thanks!

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