How To Add A Screensaver To Ubuntu 11.10

How To Add A Screensaver To Ubuntu 11.10

The lack of a native screensaver, other than the blank screen, in Ubuntu 11.10 is baffling, but there is another option. Xscreensaver is an easy to setup option to get back the screensaver Ubuntu is missing.

How To Install and Setup Xscreensaver


  1. Uninstall gnome-screensaver.
    sudo apt-get remove gnome-screensaver
  2. Install the xscreensaver packages.
    sudo apt-get install xscreensaver xscreensaver-gl-extra xscreensaver-data-extra
  3. Add xscreensaver to startup so that it loads each time the system is booted. Fill the entries in as shown in the screenshot below, then click ‘Add’.
    Startup ApplicationsStartup Entry
  4. Click ‘Close’.
  5. Adjust the xscreensaver settings to your preferences.
    Xscreensaver SettingsXscreensaver Preferences

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