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    Use a web page or SWF file as a screensaver?

    Is there a way to use a web page or SWF file as a screensaver?

    Could Prism or Firefox be rigged up to do this?

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    Re: Use a web page or SWF file as a screensaver?

    I'd like to do something like this, did you ever find a solution?

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    Re: Use a web page or SWF file as a screensaver?

    Nope, sorry. It wasn't very important to me so I gave up looking. Still seems like there should be a way to do this though.

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    Re: Use a web page or SWF file as a screensaver?

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewkk View Post
    Is there a way to use a web page or SWF file as a screensaver?

    Could Prism or Firefox be rigged up to do this?
    I wrote the guide on how to do it and posted it here:
    http://www.bitsonwire.com/?p=209

    Here is an excerpt for people that are searching:
    Step 1. Extract/Get SWF file you intend to use as a screensaver. If you have a MacOS screensaver, search the installation folder for SWF files using search tool. Put SWF file somewhere safe, where you won’t accidentally delete it. For example:
    Code:
    cd ~
    mkdir .screensavers
    copy flash_screensaver.swf ~/.screensavers
    Step 2. Remove/Disable/Adjust your default screen saver so it does not conflict with xscreensaver. On ubuntu this can be accomplished using:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove gnome-screensaver
    Step 3. Install xscreensaver and check if it works.
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xscreensaver
    On ubuntu: System > Preferences > Screensaver
    And try setting some screensaver, click preview, and if it works, close the window.
    (Note: this is important, launching xscreensaver for the first time will create configuration file in your home directory)

    Step 4. Install Opera and Flash plugin, if you haven’t already
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install opera
    sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree
    (Note: Opera can be substituted for any other browser that supports Kiosk Mode. Firefox for example can be used with R-kiosk plugin. Important thing is to use the browser that you won’t be using for anything else but the screensaver)

    Step 5. Edit xscreensaver setting and create your own Flash screensaver.
    For example, if your SWF file is located at
    /home/user/.screensavers/flash_screensaver.swf
    then add the following line to ~/.xscreensaver after “programs:”
    Code:
    "My Flash Screensaver"	opera -kioskmode /home/user/.screensavers/flash_screensaver.swf	\n\
    Step 6. Set your screensaver as default in xscreensaver, and check how it works by clicking on preview.
    (Note: Opera might take about 4-5 seconds to close after mouse move. You can press ALT+F4 to speed up the process. Other browsers might be quicker)

    That’s it. Now you should have fully functional flash screensaver in linux. This method can be used to put up any web page as a screensaver. This method can also be used to install windows screensavers on linux by using wine and /s switch. Although that might require some tweaking because xscreensaver draws a root window over everything, and sometimes has problems drawing over wine.

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    Re: Use a web page or SWF file as a screensaver?

    If you were using Kubuntu (KDE), this would be trivial.

    Kubuntu K menu -> System -> System Settings -> General -> Desktop ->

    Screensaver -> Banners & Pictures -> Media Screen Saver -> Setup... -> Add..

    You could then add any video in any format you choose, and in fact could use any number of media files, to be rotated randomly if you choose.

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