Xscreensaver

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You may sometime want to try Xscreensaver instead of Kscreensaver, whether to be able to access some of those screensavers or to make use of the increased capability of its GUI.


MEPIS 8.5 and 11

The following steps will allow you to have all available Xscreensavers and integrate them with KDE:

  • Search in Synaptic for xscreensaver, and install the following packages:
xscreensaver
xscreensaver-gl
xscreensaver-gl-extra
xscreensaver-data
xscreensaver-data-extra
kscreensaver-xsavers
kscreensaver
  • Click on System Settings > Display and Monitor > Screen Saver
  • Select the screensaver(s) you want, set the time and any other options you want
  • Click Apply


MEPIS 7.0 and 8.0

1. Start by installing:

xscreensaver

This will give you a basic set of xscreensavers and the GUI to manage them with.

2. Right-click the desktop, click Configure Desktop --> Screensaver, and uncheck the box in front of "Start automatically." This disables Kscreensaver, the default application that comes with KDE.

3. Right-click the desktop, click Run Command, and enter "xscreensaver." Click on the Settings tab of choose options for time and particular screensaver(s) (only once per session), or just wait until splash screen disappears. In M8, the tab is called Display Modes and there is no splash screen. Xscreensaver is now activated.

You may see an error message about a missing directory; cancel them out, and see Step 6 below.

4. For additional xscreensavers, search in Synaptic on "xscreensaver" and install any you like:

5. To start xscreensaver automatically when you boot, open up Kwrite or another editor and enter the following code:

 [Desktop Entry]
 Exec=/usr/bin/xscreensaver -nosplash
 Name=XScreensaver
 Type=Application
 X-KDE-StartupNotify=false

Save the file as "xscreensaver.desktop" in the folder /home/<username>/.kde/Autostart. Right-click the file, click on Properties --> Permissions, and check "is executable"

6. If you get a complaint about a missing backgrounds folder, open a terminal, become root, and type:

mkdir /usr/share/backgrounds

7. M7 only: To stop or alter settings, right-click the desktop, select Run Command..., and enter

xscreensaver-demo

In this GUI you can change or disable xscreensaver. One nice feature is that you can select those you want to appear in a random manner by checking them on a list.

In M8, click KMenu --> System --> XScreenSaver Setup/

8. To enable Kscreensavers to access your xscreensavers, install:

kscreensaver-xsavers

Once installed, you can select xscreensavers through Kscreensavers.

9. To restore the original setup, right-click the desktop, click Configure Desktop --> Screensaver, and check the box again in front of "Start automatically."

MEPIS 6.5 (Xscreensaver Version 4.23)

1. Install:

xscreensaver

2. Right-click the desktop, click Configure Desktop --> Screensaver, and uncheck the box in front of "Start automatically"

3. Right-click the desktop again, click on "Run Command" and type in "xscreensaver-demo" (without the quotes) followed by a return.

4. You will probably get an error message about the xscreensaver daemon not running. Click OK to exit the dialogue box. Open up Kwrite, enter the following code:

 [Desktop Entry]
 Exec=/usr/bin/xscreensaver -nosplash
 Name=XScreensaver
 Type=Application
 X-KDE-StartupNotify=false

Save the file as "xscreensaver.desktop" in the folder /home/<username>/.kde/Autostart. Right-click the file, click on Properties --> Permissions, and check "is executable"

5. You will also probably get an error message that the folder /usr/share/backgrounds does not exist. Open a terminal, become root, and type:

mkdir /usr/share/backgrounds

6. Now use the command:

xscreensaver-demo 

to select your screensaver preferences. One nice feature is that you can select those you want to appear in a random manner by checking them on a list.

7. For additional xscreensavers, install:

rss-glx
xscreensaver-data
xscreensaver-data-extra
xscreensaver-gl
xscreensaver-gl-extra

8. To enable Kscreensavers to access your xscreensavers, install:

kscreensaver-xsavers

Once installed, you can select xscreensavers through Kscreensavers.

9. To restore the original setup, right-click the desktop, click Configure Desktop --> Screensaver, and check the box again in front of "Start automatically."


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