Ubuntu :: Install WINE Screensaver In Gnome-screensaver Possible?
May 19, 2010
There's an OSS screensaver on windows that I love called PixelCity (links:blog post, github). it's pretty cool. and it runs fine on my Ubuntu (Karmic 9.10) with wine.Is there a way I can tell the gnome-screensaver about it so I can use it as one of my screensavers? I'm still fairly new to Gnome and the whole "screensavers as themes" thing is still confusing me.I've found my themesdir and tried to create a .desktop file for it, but obviously I've gotten something wrong as it just doesn't show when I open the screensaver prefs dialog, no error, no message, it's just not there.
Installing the xscreensaver packages added the extra screensavers I was missing, and I'm a pixelcity away from perfection..Of course the perfect solution would be if someone ported the screensaver natively to linux, which shouldn't be too hard as the source is open, it already runs on openGL and tries to confine most windows stuff to a single file. But I don't know C++ or 3D code or win/linux internals so I wouldn't know where to start..
I wanted to get a screensaver as my background so I installed xscreensaver didn't work out to the way I wanted to so I removed it apt-get remove xscreensaver then it asked for some other packages to be removed so I did apt-get autoremove xscreensaver was still there working instead of gnome-screensaver so I did a command search to find folders of xscreensaver and remove them whereis xscreensaver and it did remove them, but gnome-screensaver still doesn't start up.
I've tried this command gnome-Message: screensaver-command --activate but I get this error: Message: Screensaver is not running!
I've tried googling for a way to start gnome-screensaver in terminal but no joy, anyone know how to get this to start.
The Gnome Screensaver preferences window is freezing my desktop. I went into synaptic and tried to remove it (to use xscreensaver instead). But synaptic, in removing gnome-screensaver package, wanted to ADD a bunch of packages, lots of KDE stuff (which I don't want). Is there any way around this? If not, is there a way to reset the gnome-screensaver config file (whatever it is) so that it doesn't freeze on startup? This problem arose after I selected a particular screensaver in the gui window.
Although xscreensaver is much better and liked by many users, the Ubuntu devs replaced it with gnome-screensaver simply cause -
1) It's integrates better with the gnome-desktop. 2) It follows release cycles of Gnome.
Since the devs and admins won't listen, we users have to clean their **** up and this is the howto - In Ubuntu, the gnome-screensaver is running; but xscreensaver is better, so we need to replace it. The gnome-screensaver runs as a daemon...removing this gnome-screensaver package will remove this executable also -
Specifications: Dell PoweEdge 1600SC ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro 256MB PCI graphics adaptor Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala" Linux 2.6.31-22-generic #69-Ubuntu SMP Wed Nov 24 08:51:08 UTC 2010 i686 ATI fglrx drivers Set up for dual-head display using two Princeton 19" monitors Using the Gnome desktop and screensaver
At some point, I suspect since the last kernel upgrade, I've begun experiencing a problem when the screen locks: I tap a key on the keyboard and the monitors wake up, but I get no "unlock" dialog. I can usually Ctrl-Alt-F1, login and gracefully reboot the system, but sometimes I have to hit hard reset. For now I've disabled the screensaver in "System -> Preferences -> screensaver" (I assume that'll stop the problem), but that's not an optimal solution.
I'm running Fedora 12 and the last couple days I have noticed my screensaver will not start anymore. I did a yum update a few days ago don't know if there is a connection between the two. I've just started to Google the topic. Found different culprits ranging from dbus problems to buggy code.
I'm using a x86_64 PC running kernel 22.214.171.124-170.fc12.x86_64. My Gnome version is 2.28.2. The Gnome-screensaver version is 2.28.3-1.fc12.x86_64.
I am on Ubuntu 10.04, and I think I have had this problem since I installed it. When I type my password into gnome-screensaver and click "Unlock," all the buttons become disabled and the cursor turns into the "busy" look. I have to go into one of the virtual terminals and do "killall gnome-screensaver." This happens maybe 75% of the time when the screen locks.
Also, this last week or two there is a new problem where the gnome-screensaver covers only part of the screen and I can still see and use most of the desktop.
Everytime I unlock my screen in KDE from the screensaver the background for the Gnome interface momentarily appears before the KDE plasma workspace returns. It only appears for a second and, sure, I can live with it but I wondered if there is a way to fix it and why it is happening in the first place? I initially installed ubuntu 10.4 then installed kubuntu through the package manager and have since upgraded to 10.10 and now 11.4. I think this problem has been here since install of kubuntu
I have created a PyGTK app (a binary clock) that I would like to turn into a screensaver. I added the .desktop file to /usr/share/applications/screensavers/ but all I get when I select it is a black screen. On the GnomeScreensaver FAQ (here) it says to use a gsthemewindow as the toplevel window, but the libraries given are in C. Is there any way to:Import this C library to get access to this toplevel window, Convert this GTK+ C library to PyGTK, or use a pygtk app as a screensaver in some other way?
I am trying to get the KDE Media screen saver working in GNOME. Is there a way to use kde's screensaver program in gnome on startup, instead of gnome's screen saver program? Basically, I am trying to disable gnome's screensaver, and load kde's program in its place at gnome startup.
I was wondering how to create a GNOME screensaver from a video file? I don't really care what video format the screensaver creator supports because I can always transcode the video with ffmpeg or mencoder. I also, don't care if the creator uses proprietary formats such as mpeg, mpeg4, avi, etc. I do however want the program to create an installable screensaver.
I have gnome-screensaver on fedora 10 on an intel mac (laptop) under power, screensaver works fine. On battery, the screensaver never activates, it will eventually go to sleep though. I'm kind of new to fedora.
When I resume my computer from suspend (or after it goes to screensaver), I am sometimes unable to log back in. The message on the lock box simply says 'Timeout has expired' or something to that effect.There is no way to get around that, all I can do is cold-boot loosing all the work I was doing (unsaved).I do not have desktop effects enabled.Running Gnome 2.32, OpenSUSE 114., n550 proc and x3150 Intel GMA
USB driver bug exposed as "Linux plug&pwn" or this link.Two choices [GNOME, Fedora 14]:
1 - use the gnome-screensaver
2 - use the "switch user" function [gnome menu -> log out -> switch user]
So the question is: which one is the safer method to lock the screen, if a user leaves the pc? Is it true, that using the  method is safer?Why do i think this? - The gnome-screensaver is just a "process", it could be killed. But if you use the log out/switch user function, it's "something else". Using the "switch user" function, could there be a problem like with the gnome-screensaver? Could someone "kill a process" and presto...the lock is removed?Could the GDM [??] "login windows process" [e.g.: a picture of it] get killed and the "lock" gets owned?
p.s.: if the  method is safer, then how can i put an icon on the GNOME panel, to launch the "switch user" action by 1 click?
what file do you set the defaults in? I want to set all my users to use a blank screensaver and a time out of 20min. password required. Have been looking all over the place for a valid config file I can edit and the syntax for it. I should also mention I want these to be default for all user that CANNOT be changed except by root. Red Hat running gnome in my case.
all I wanted to get was the "rss-glx"-package as additional screensavers. I am not proud of the results:So I used the Synaptic tool, and since that time the gnome-screensaver shows a black screen instead of any GL-animation in the preview-windows (the small and the big one). The simple screensavers still work (e.g. the Gnome feets).I propably made it worse when trying to uninstall gnome-screensaver and installing xscreensaverxscreensaver crashed on each preview (if the screensaver was installed) and printed an "exited abnormally" (yellow lines on a black screen).Then I was trying to get the original state back - without any "rss-glx".Still not succeeding, the GL-screensavers show nothing except a black screen (e.g. AntSpotLight).So what do I have to do to get back the original state (or to run rss-glx)
I keep getting messages that I need to update fuse gnome-screensaver and gnutils security updates. However, everytime I try to update either by YAST Online Update or the toolbar icon, it fails to update. The message is that can't remove fuse, gnutls, etc.
I recently did a fresh install of 11.04 (previously had 9.10) Everything works fine and dandy (I didn't have to do much tweaking at all to this version!!!) Except: When my computer resumes from the screensaver (GL text, set to display time) it takes nearly a minute for my DE to show up. When it finally does show up it takes another minute or more for the computer to run at normal "speed". A lot of lag and unresponsive mouse etc. After a few minutes the computer runs fine...I am not so linux savvy, what I know I have gleaned from forums such as this one. Is there something that 11.04 runs as default that I need to shut off to stop my slow resume problem?
I've just installed 11.1 and so far things seem to work OK. When I left the machine the screen saver kicked in and wouldn't let meback on with my password I chose during installation (and the only password I chose!) Re-booting the machine sorted the problem...until next time! I have now disabled the lock out for the screen saver so things ought to work now, but why did it do this? New with openSuse!
I have recently upgraded from 9.10 to 10.04, and I have the following problem.My computer is set up to start the screensaver and lock the screen after 5 minutes of inactivity and to use a blank screen after 15. Whenever I come back after some moments of inactivity and move the mouse, the screensaver doesn't go away. Instead of having a box whereinput a password, I'm left with a still image of one frame of the screensaver. I can still input the password and press enter to unlock the screen, but it is a bit annoying nevertheless. Moreover this does not happen if the screen is blank: in that case I see the expected box.
i have already checked system>preferences>screensaver. activate screensaver after 8 min of idle but i just get a black screen?when i click preview it does show the screensaver, but it doesn't show after 8 min idle
I was trying to add new screensaver to Ubuntu 10.04. I believe i put all files in the right place but the preference selection list is not updated even if i logout/in and restart the computer.The .desktop file is correct as i compared with other existing files.