Enable Screensavers in Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) 7

As you may have already noticed, Ubuntu 11.10 doesn’t come with screensaver package installed. You must install xscreensaver if you want screensavers activated when your computer becomes idled.

This brief guide shows you how to remove gnome-screensaver, install xscreensaver and activate it so that when your computer becomes idled, screensavers will be shown instead of a blank screen.



  • Remove Gnome-Screensaver
  • Install Xscreensaver
  • Configure Xscreensaver to start
  • Enjoy!


To get started, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When Terminal opens, run the commands below to remove gnome screensaver.

sudo apt-get remove gnome-screensaver



Next, run the command below to install Xscreensaver and other plugins.

sudo apt-get install xscreensaver xscreensaver-gl-extra xscreensaver-data-extra



After installing, go to ‘Control –> Startup Applications’




Then click ‘Add’ and type the entry below:

Name: xscreensaver

Command: xscreensaver –nosplash

xscreensaver -nosplash


Finally click ‘Add’




When finish, open ‘Dash’ and search for xscreensaver. Open it and customize it.





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