Screensaver in release 12.04 ?

Asked by Alan Daglish

It may be just me but I cannot seem to find where to set up a screensaver in 12.04, any advice ?

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Search dash for screen saver. I believe it is under system settings in the cog menu.

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Alan Daglish (7-macl-z) said :

Thanks for your reply

I have searched Dash for "screen saver" and "screensaver" with no results. There is no " cog" menu under settings that I can see, what is it supposed to do or is short for ?

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

What is the output of :

lsb_release -a; uname -a; dpkg -l | grep -i screensaver


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Alan Daglish (7-macl-z) said :

This is the response to the suggested command string

 lsb_release -a; uname -a; dpkg -l|grep -i screensaver
LSB Version: core-2.0-ia32:core-2.0-noarch:core-3.0-ia32:core-3.0-noarch:core-3.1-ia32:core-3.1-noarch:core-3.2-ia32:core-3.2-noarch:core-4.0-ia32:core-4.0-noarch:cxx-3.0-ia32:cxx-3.0-noarch:cxx-3.1-ia32:cxx-3.1-noarch:cxx-3.2-ia32:cxx-3.2-noarch:cxx-4.0-ia32:cxx-4.0-noarch:desktop-3.1-ia32:desktop-3.1-noarch:desktop-3.2-ia32:desktop-3.2-noarch:desktop-4.0-ia32:desktop-4.0-noarch:graphics-2.0-ia32:graphics-2.0-noarch:graphics-3.0-ia32:graphics-3.0-noarch:graphics-3.1-ia32:graphics-3.1-noarch:graphics-3.2-ia32:graphics-3.2-noarch:graphics-4.0-ia32:graphics-4.0-noarch:printing-3.2-ia32:printing-3.2-noarch:printing-4.0-ia32:printing-4.0-noarch:qt4-3.1-ia32:qt4-3.1-noarch
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS
Release: 12.04
Codename: precise
Linux hollyandjoe-laptop 3.2.0-57-generic #87-Ubuntu SMP Tue Nov 12 21:38:12 UTC 2013 i686 athlon i386 GNU/Linux
ii gnome-screensaver 3.4.1-0ubuntu1 GNOME screen saver and locker
ii screensaver-default-images 0.2-1 Wallpapers for image processing screensavers
ii xscreensaver-data 5.15-2ubuntu1 data files to be shared among screensaver frontends
ii xscreensaver-gl 5.15-2ubuntu1 GL(Mesa) screen hacks for xscreensaver

Not sure what it all means but I have faith that you will.

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Best actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

sudo apt-get --purge remove gnome-screensaver
sudo apt-get install xscreensaver

Reboot to test. You can set the screensaver settings by running :


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Alan Daglish (7-macl-z) said :


Everything seems to work as advertised and my Linux machine is currently displaying a slide show for me.