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XScreensaver can be educational


My daughter, Kelly, 6, was looking at the xscreensaver showing “engine” and asked: “What is it?”

“An engine”, I said.

“Hmm, I figured out how it works.” ?!

Although I am not sure how deep she understand, yet I feel that children can learn thing in various interesting way. 🙂


Converting xscreensaver to gnome-screensaver in Fedora 13

gnome-screensaver is more stable than xscreensaver (Occasionally I have been lock out by it), yet the default collection of savers is not as rich.

There are several of instructions of how to do this, including:

Can I use xscreensaver “hacks” with gnome-screensaver? and

Add xscreensaver to gnome-screensaver in Fedora Core 6. But their information is somewhat outdated.

Here is my instruction for F-13, referencing this post:

    1. Install xscreensaver-<whateveryyoulike>. (You do want the richness of xscreensaver savers, don’t you? 🙂 )

      # yum install "xscreensaver-<whateveryyoulike>"

    2. link the xscreensavers binary to gnome-screensaver
      # ln -si /usr/libexec/xscreensaver/* /usr/libexec/gnome-screensaver/
      -i is for interactive, there is one saver which exists in both gnome-screensaver and xscreensaver.
    3. Download the script for migrating xscreensaver to gnome-screensaver, as well as the xsl file it needs.


  1. Assuming you put these files in /tmp, run
    chomd +x /tmp/
  2. Convert xscreensaver config files (.xml) to gnome-screensaver config files (.desktop):
    # /tmp/ \ /usr/share/xscreensaver/config/*.xml
  3. Restart X server. This can be done by logout-login if you are using GDM or KDM.
  4. That should be it.

[Update] Some user suggest to use xscreensaver-extras-gss , which should be more simple and easier.