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You are probably aware that recent versions of Gnome have removed the ScreenSaver Preferences dialog which used to let you configure your screensavers' options.

This is by design and it is not a bug, although it has been reported as one by many users. I personally feel it was a bad decision and since I always liked screensavers I decided to code a small utility that will let you configure your screensavers' settings. Although is is being specifically designed for Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon), I have successfully used it under all subsequent versions of Ubuntu as well as under other linux ditros such as openSUSE.

So, Screensaver Settings is a complete replacement for the gnome-screensaver application providing all the features from the Gnome version plus:

  • Automatic detection of all available screensavers
  • Automatic detection of the screensavers' default settings (when possible)
  • Live (and fully interactive) preview of the selected screensaver (including a full-screen mode)
  • Automatic refresh of the screensaver preview whenever a setting is changed
  • Ability to select which screensavers should be used in Random mode
  • And finally, of course, ability to change any of the settings and parameters exposed by the screensavers

Screensaver Settings is available for download in various packaging formats: screensaver-settings is distributed under the GNU Lesser General Public License

Please make sure you read the included README file.