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Thread: Opengl screensaver help

  1. #11
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    Oct 2008
    New York
    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: Opengl screensaver help

    Lol, i have to thank Agent ME as well. I just picked a new screensaver out of that bunch!
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  2. #12
    Join Date
    Apr 2007

    Lightbulb Re: rsxs rss-glx OpenGL screensaver help

    Quote Originally Posted by dragon84 View Post
    hi guys,
    i have a fairly new installed ubuntu 9.10 installed on the system and i need help installing opengl screensavers into it. in version 9.04 ubuntu had some neat opengl screensavers installed but they were removed out of 9.10. well i found a site which has these screensavers i wanted at i have no idea how to install them.

    i have:
    - downloaded theSource tarball (rsxs-1.0.tar.gz)
    - $ tar xzf rsxs-1.0.tar.gz
    $ cd rsxs-1.0
    $ ./configure

    and get this message "configure: error: can't compile without OpenGL support".
    Years later, on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin", the message instead is:
    Quote Originally Posted by ./configure
    checking for C++ compiler default output file name...
    configure: error: C++ compiler cannot create executables
    See `config.log' for more details.
    Anyhow, no need to recompile it yourself, as (from rather than the above URL) the you are looking for can be found in the Ubuntu Software Center / repositories as package rss-glx, so all you need to do is (from the shell, well-hidden as Ctrl-Alt-T in Unity):
    Quote Originally Posted by /bin/bash
    apt-get install rss-glx
    kill $(pidof xscreensaver)
    ...and OK the restart of the xscreensaver daemon it prompts you for.

    The new screensavers thus installed are: Biof, Busy Spheres, Colorfire, Cyclone, Drempels, Euphoria, Feedback, Fieldlines, Flocks, Flux, Helios, Hufo's Smoke, Hufo's Tunnel, Hyperspace, Lattice, Lorenz Attractor, MatrixView, Plasma, Pixel City, Skyrocket, Solarwinds, SpirographX, and Sundancer2
    (Helios probably having gained the largest "cult following" over time and across platforms:,

    You may wish to untick Fiberlamp and FuzzyFlakes from the former less "shiny" installed defaults (many others are surprisingly ticked even though greyed out as "Not Installed").

    The new Fieldlines, some patterns of Lattice ("Material - Doughnuts", adding to the Advance >> Command Line: " --texture 3" etc. without the quotes should get rid of these), Lorenz, MatrixView, Plasma, Solarwinds, SpirographX and Sundancer2 probably won't be "everybody's cup of tea", but of course that's precisely what the Preview (full screen to see which ones your graphics hardware can actually handle) and Settings... buttons are for.
    Last edited by T.E.N.; June 2nd, 2012 at 06:44 PM.

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