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    Change screensaver to photo slideshow(?)

    I've been trying out various desktops since I installed Ubuntu 12.04; so far I'm really liking Xfce. It's logical and highly customizable. I was also delighted to find that it hadn't abandoned the screensaver. My question is, is there a way to have it do a slideshow from my picture folder? I do a lot of photography and loved this feature with the old Gnome desktop in Ubuntu 10.04. Screensaver Preferences gives me a random mode, but it's all pre-installed stuff.
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    Re: Change screensaver to photo slideshow(?)

    If you are using xscreensaver, then select the GLSlideshow screensaver, click on the Advanced tab and under Image Manipulation, select "Choose Random Image" and specify the directory to use.

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    Re: Change screensaver to photo slideshow(?)

    TOZ: I do not have the you mentioned under GLSlideshow under advanced settings. All I got is Commandline: glslideshow -root
    and Visual: GL
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    Re: Change screensaver to photo slideshow(?)

    Hello Buntu Bunny (I remember you from another thread... I'm glad you were able to install Ubuntu 12.04 on your new laptop...)

    Here is another option for you:

    The default screensaver in Ubuntu 12.04 (gnome-screensaver) does not have the option to show user photos. But you can easily replace it with another one that does, for example XScreenSaver. Not only XScreenSaver allows you to show user photos, it has hundreds of nice screensaver options (including even one with the Windows blue-screen-of-death...).

    To do that, first remove the gnome-screensaver:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove gnome-screensaver
    Then, install XScreenSaver with the additional data for the screensavers:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xscreensaver xscreensaver-data-extra xscreensaver-gl-extra
    Reboot, and you are done.
    You can launch XScreenSaver manually by typing:

    Code:
    screensaver
    The option to select a folder with photos is in the 'Advance' tab.

    Enjoy!

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    Re: Change screensaver to photo slideshow(?)

    Toz, thanks! It worked.

    OM55 (Hi! I remember you too) happily, Xfce comes with the xscreesnaver.
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    Talking Re: Change screensaver to photo slideshow(?)

    Thanks from me too. I should have searched forum sooner. Spent hours looking for a way to display photos from Pictures directory when PC idles.

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    Re: Change screensaver to photo slideshow(?)

    I recently installed the xscreensaver, and have attempted to us GLslideshow to display photos from my Pictures folder. However, it simply goes to a black screen. I can see the pictures playing in the settings box, but when I click preview, the screen goes blank, and then a bit of orange script flashes in the upper corner of the screen momentarily, as if it can't find the directory or something.

    Any insight?

    Thanks,
    Anthony

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    Re: Change screensaver to photo slideshow(?)

    There were problems with the XSCREENSAVER slideshow picking up the picture folder as there was a missing dependency libwww-perl in some distributions. I had to download the library for one of my machines. The problem was supposed to be fixed but may still be there. I could see the preview slideshow but GLSlideshow would not find the chosen folder when XScreensaver tripped.

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    Re: Change screensaver to photo slideshow(?)

    I added code tags to your previous post to make it easier to read.

    The listings look fine. In the configuration dialog:
    - Make sure that only "Choose Random Image" is selected.
    - Delete the existing text in text box to the left of the Browse button.
    - Click on the Browse button, then the Pictures folder, then OK

    Does that help? It seems that there is an issue if you have existing text in the box before clicking on Browse.

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    Smile Re: Change screensaver to photo slideshow(?)

    Thank you very much, Toz; I appreciate your help and consideration.

    I continued googling the problem and arrived at http://a1.blogspot.com/2012/04/ubuntu-1204-explained-setting-up.html
    and followed the directions (which included installing kdelibs-bi, kdelibs5-data, kdelibs5-plugins).

    So now, xscreensaver works like I wanted it to.

    Thank you.
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