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    Screensavers in Ubuntu 12.04

    Hi everyone,

    I just installed Ubuntu 12.04 (which is great, as usual ), but I'm searching the screensaver utilities in Unity (until then I used gnome-panel) and I can't find it. I did some quick research on the web and read that Ubuntu 12.04 is shipped with no screensaver. I would like to know if it is true, and if it is, where can I find and install them, other than xscreensavers, which are a little outdated to me.

    Have a nice day !

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    Re: Screensavers in Ubuntu 12.04

    I don't know of any other than X Screen Saver. I agree that the default screen savers for X are very outdated. Though I don't need a screen saver I did install it in 11.10 to see what it was like.
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    Re: Screensavers in Ubuntu 12.04

    I wouldn't call a software last updated September last year outdated. Besides, you don't have a choice anyway; xscreensaver is the ONLY screensaver pack and manager available for GNOME/Unity.
    Fell free to install it
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xscreensaver xscreensaver-data xscreensaver-data-extra xscreensaver-gl xscreensaver-gl-extra xscreensaver-screensaver-bsod xscreensaver-screensaver-webcollage
    Remove any packages you don't want from the above list. Then add xscreensaver -no-splash to startup.

    Also remove gnome-screensaver (which does nothing more than blanking the screen) to avoid conflicts:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove gnome-screensaver
    If you want Ctrl + Alt + L to lock the screen, run this command:
    Code:
    sudo ln -f /usr/bin/xscreensaver-command /usr/bin/gnome-screensaver-command

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    Re: Screensavers in Ubuntu 12.04

    Hi,

    I just installed the xscreensaver family of screensavers and it works.

    Thanks !

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