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 cd /usr/lib/xscreensaver
  • Enter dir and 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.
  • entering ./filename --help will 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-english to 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



I liked webcollage so much I decided to make a quicklauncher for it.

  • I wanted it in my top menu bar so I right clicked on the bar and selected "add application to menubar/add non-kde application" from the context menu.
  • In the just opened configuration box, name the button and give it a description if you so choose
  • put /usr/lib/xscreensaver/webcollage in the executable text box and put -root -dictionary /usr/share/dict/american-english & in the command line arguments text box.
  • click the icon in the configuration box to choose a preferred icon.


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