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    Molecule Screensaver

    Hello,
    I am not sure whether this is in the correct section, however for the first time today (while using Ubuntu Feisty) I checked out the screensavers section and noticed theres a great screensaver (for scientists) called Molecule. I Wondered whether this was available for Windows as well, as I wouldnt mind putting it on my work laptop. I'm a science teacher at a school in the UK, thats why I thought it'd be nice.
    Thanks

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    Re: Molecule Screensaver

    http://www.jwz.org/xscreensaver/ is the site all the ubuntu screensavers come from

    about a windows version he says
    There is no Windows version of xscreensaver, and there never will be. Please stop asking. Microsoft killed my company, and I hold a personal grudge. I don't use any Microsoft products and neither should you.

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    Re: Molecule Screensaver

    Quote Originally Posted by skezza View Post
    Hello,
    I am not sure whether this is in the correct section, however for the first time today (while using Ubuntu Feisty) I checked out the screensavers section and noticed theres a great screensaver (for scientists) called Molecule. I Wondered whether this was available for Windows as well, as I wouldnt mind putting it on my work laptop. I'm a science teacher at a school in the UK, thats why I thought it'd be nice.
    Thanks
    Google Molecule screensaver there are plenty of them out there.

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    Re: Molecule Screensaver

    Yes, google is the best teacher.

    Last edited by freda; April 2nd, 2007 at 06:58 AM.

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    Re: Molecule Screensaver

    Ah ok, well, the reason i liked that one so much is it actually gave real molecules, structured properly along with the name and i've never seen one like it. I've actually recently asked if I could install a version of Ubuntu on, however, when i used the live CD, I had serious problems with the Wireless Card, but its typical really its a RA2400 so i was expecting them. Its not a worry at the moment though, as i doubt ill be allowed. But I use it on my home PC all the time

    Thanks again

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    Re: Molecule Screensaver

    Glad I dug up this forum, anyway, whoever said this:

    There is no Windows version of xscreensaver, and there never will be. Please stop asking. Microsoft killed my company, and I hold a personal grudge. I don't use any Microsoft products and neither should you.
    ...is 100% right, especially with Vista. On a related note (to this topic), however, the only thing I wish to see in that particular screensaver is at least 100-200 more molecules, that way there'd usually be something new you haven't noticed before. I have never found a screensaver quite like this one and am quite fond of it.

    I also miss the advanced options that let me configure the density and speed of the glyphs in glMatrix.
    E*

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    Re: Molecule Screensaver

    Hi There!!

    To Add molecules to the molecule screen saver do the following:

    Replace gnome-screensaver (which is a repackaging of the original Xscreensaver) with Xscreensaver.

    In terminal:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xscreensaver
    Then run xscreensaver-demo to configure xscreensaver.
    Code:
    xscreensaver-demo
    Now a window will pop up listing all of the screen savers that are a part of the package. You can select how they run, their refresh rate, and for the molecule screen saver, a number of other options. One is selecting a source (folder) for pdb files.

    You can download pdb files, put them in a folder, and have the screensaver display them.

    I made a hidden folder called molecule in my home folder like this:
    Code:
    mkdir ~/.molecule
    It's hidden because I don't want to see it cluttering up my home folder. (Hidden folders are denoted by a . in front of the folder name, and can be displayed within a file browser by pressing Ctrl-H)

    I made a folder with about 100 more molecules. If anyone would like me to send them this folder, just shoot me a email at
    bruce [at] schaller-solutions [dot] com

    If you found this useful, and would you add any more molecules, let me know, and send me some more pdb's!

    Thanks!
    Bruce Schaller

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    Re: Molecule Screensaver

    Molecule seems to be no longer included by default.

    To install it and many other screensavers, use this command:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xscreensaver-gl-extra xscreensaver-data-extra
    And you will be good to go.

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    Re: Molecule Screensaver

    On my installation apt does not find xscreensaver-gl-extra and xscreensaver-data-extra, and says that xscreensaver-gl and xscreensaver-data replace them. However molecule is not installed. Anybody got a clue how to install it?

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    Lightbulb Re: Molecule Screensaver

    I just came across this thread, when looking to add to the Molecule Screensaver.

    A nice coincidence

    Someone was wondering if there is a Windows equivalent.

    I was just looking on Google.

    Check out an online viewer called Santorini,

    and a screensaver called Patmos.

    These allow you to see molecules on the computer.

    These are written by Robert Oeffner at the University of Cambridge.

    See:

    Robert Oeffner's Santorini and Patmos Viewers

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