Ron down at the computer repair shop showed me this trick on his Red Hat system to run screensavers as a desktop background. Works on Ubuntu also.
- From the settings program open "desktop/behavior" check the field to "allow programs in desktop window".
- Open terminal and navigate to
dirand select a filename.
- Insert filename into this code
./filename -root &
- The ampersand at the end sends the command to the background and gives you a pid number. Type
kill replacewithpid#to stop the process.
- Depending on the capabilty of your system, you may be able to run multiple screensavers at the same time.
./filename --helpwill give you more options for individual screensavers.
Webcollage is an xscreensaver that grabs images from the web and uses them to form a collage in the root window.
- Assuming you are still in the /usr/lib/xscreensaver directory enter
./webcollage -root -dictionary /usr/share/dict/american-englishto run. Note that you can use your preferred dictionary by specifying the path.
- If webcollage will not run, you probably need to
sudo apt-get install netpbm libjpeg-progs