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XScreenSaver

XScreenSaver is the standard screen saver collection shipped on most Linux and Unix systems running the X11 Window System. These screen savers also work on Mac OS (X11 is not required). More than 200 screen savers are included.

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  •  28 Dec 2008 15:51

    Release Notes: A new hack: photopile. Updates to sonar, jigsaw, maze, m6502, hypnowheel, timetunnel, munch, and webcollage. EXIF rotation support. RANDR fixes. Some old, boring screen savers have been retired.

    •  11 Aug 2008 10:39

      Release Notes: More Xinerama/RANDR fixes were made. Updates were made to skytentacles, flipflop, stairs, polyhedra, blitspin, and stonerview. The layout of the preferences dialogs was improved. A "Reset to Defaults" button was added on X11. Relevant Wikipedia links were added to many of the screen saver descriptions.

      •  17 Jul 2008 00:15

        Release Notes: Xinerama/RANDR fixes: it should now work to add/remove monitors or resize screens at any time. A new 'skytentacles' hack. Updates to 'gleidescope' and 'bsod'. Most image-loading hacks now re-pick images after a few minutes.

        •  02 Mar 2008 07:57

          Release Notes: New hacks include "cubicgrid", "hypnowheel", and "lcdscrub". Updates were made to "m6502", "gears", "cubestorm", and "noof". An attempt was made to work around the latest Xinerama bugs. A Mac OS 10.5 perl bug that caused the text-displaying hacks to fail on some systems was worked around. Font-related System Preferences crashes in Mac OS savers were hopefully fixed. The recent PAM changes broke the "Caps Lock" warning in the password dialog, the failed login warnings, and syslogging, so all of that was fixed.

          •  13 Nov 2007 09:17

            Release Notes: A possible crash in the unlock dialog caused by recent PAM changes was fixed. New 'moebiusgears', 'abstractile', and 'lockward' hacks were added. 'gears' was rewritten to use better (involute) gear models and to be more random. Minor updates were made to 'cwaves', 'voronoi', 'deco', 'glcells', 'rd-bomb', 'fireworkx', and 'webcollage'. 'pong' can now display the current time as the score. 'xmatrix -mode pipe' works better. Minor tweaks were made for compilation on Mac OS 10.5.0.

            Recent comments

            27 Feb 2004 02:07 olej

            New release 4.15
            Fantastic - great job! Thank you Jamie!
            This version compiled (like the ones before) without complaints. I'm always happy to see that there is an new version.
            Please, go on Jamie!

            11 Jun 2002 07:13 mveinot

            Compiling


            Excellent - XScreenSaver 4.05 compiled flawlessly this time.


            Well, almost flawlessly... it fails to detect the Mesa that comes with X 4.x and tries to link against libMesaGL/GLU and not libGL/GLU... I imagine this is more of an "X isn't conforming to the rest of the world" thing since it's done this for some time now. So I should probably just make my symlinks and shut up :)


            Just thought I'd mention it though.

            01 Jun 2002 10:08 mveinot

            Re: 4.04 build badly broken

            > I managed to get further, by
            > temporarily hiding
            > all allusions to gtk-2.0 in
            > /usr/local/lib/pkgconfig but
            > then
            > all the hacks (every single one!)
            > fails with a
            > Segfault?! I don't see how it could
            > manage to get this
            > broken from one release to another?


            I got it working now by changing the line that read
            pkg_check_version xml 1.0
            to pkg_check_version libxml 1.0
            (make sure you have libxml installed - I don't mean
            libxml2) Also, I think JWZ is working on this a little,
            there is now a version 4.04.2 on the site which I
            used... it seems to have helped a little - modifications
            are still needed though. And make sure you hide
            gtk-2.0 and friends from the configure script or else it
            will link them in as well as gtk1 and I think that may
            have been causing the segfaults.

            01 Jun 2002 09:39 mveinot

            Re: 4.04 build badly broken

            > I managed to get around configure not
            > finding libxml2. Find the line in
            > configure where is says
            > "pkg_check_version xml2 1.0",
            > and change the "xml2" to
            > "libxml-2.0", the same as it
            > is further up the file.
            >
            > It shouldn't complain about a lack of
            > XML now, but I think I'm getting the
            > same error when it comes to compiling. I
            > get as far as hacks/xpm-pixmap.c before
            > it barfs.


            I managed to get further, by temporarily hiding
            all allusions to gtk-2.0 in /usr/local/lib/pkgconfig but
            then
            all the hacks (every single one!) fails with a
            Segfault?! I don't see how it could manage to get this
            broken from one release to another?

            01 Jun 2002 08:47 madmatt

            Re: 4.04 build badly broken

            > 4.04 absolutely refused to build on my
            > machine. It
            > detected XML2 and GTK2 during
            > configure, but then
            > complained it couldn't find libxml at
            > the message at
            > the end of configure. I tried to build
            > it anyway and it
            > seemed to be trying to use BOTH GTK1
            > and GTK2,
            > and
            > failed with errors about gdk_pixbuf
            > defines.


            I managed to get around configure not finding libxml2. Find the line in configure where is says "pkg_check_version xml2 1.0", and change the "xml2" to "libxml-2.0", the same as it is further up the file.

            It shouldn't complain about a lack of XML now, but I think I'm getting the same error when it comes to compiling. I get as far as hacks/xpm-pixmap.c before it barfs.

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