Monday 22 April 2024

How To Get Screensavers On Linux.

 Here is my video on how to get screensavers on Linux using XScreensaver. 

Run XScreensaver On Cinnamon.

 Here is my video I made on how to run XScreensaver on the Cinnamon Desktop in Linux.

Many thanks to Smurphos of Linux Mint forums for sharing this with us.  The full tutorial can be found here: Linux Mint Forums:

Enable XScreensaver On Cinnamon.

XScreensaver works on most Linux desktops but on Cinnamon it is a bit more complicated and you have to do some tweaking to make it work. The reason is that the Cinnamon desktop comes bundled with the Cinnamon screensaver.Which cannot be removed because if you remove it you will uninstall the whole desktop. Many people are not happy with the Cinnamon screensaver which is not a screensaver at all. It is a screen lock the same as the Gnome screensaver is just a screen lock. In early versions of Cinnamon you could run other screensavers in Cinnamon screensaver but Linux Mint removed this in later versions. I don't know what the reason is but here is how you can get XScreensaver back.

Friday 29 March 2024

Ways You Can Customise The Gnome Desktop.

If you have just started using the Gnome Desktop you may have noticed it is a bit different from the start menu of more simple Linux desktops such as Mate or Cinnamon. Also if like me you were a Windows 7 users before you switched to Linux you may be a bit put off by the start screen style start menu in Gnome. Some people have said it is like Windows 8 but although it looks a bit like that it is nothing like the horrible Metro start screen that was in Windows 8. I advise that you take the time to learn to use the start menu on Gnome. It has an excellent search feature and you can install MenuLibre or any one of the menu editors to edit the start menu and add items to it as well.

Thursday 21 March 2024

Debian 12 Bookworm With The Mate Desktop.

I have recently installed Debian 12 Bookworm with the Mate Desktop on my small laptop. Mate looks very much like Linux Mint Gnome use to be in the early years before Gnome changed from Gnome 2 to Gnome 3. Both Cinnamon and Mate desktops are actually based on Gnome. They are what I call alternative versions of Gnome and both will run all of the software from Gnome. Yet you still have the traditional Windows Style desktop.

Linux Mint 21.2 The With Trinity Desktop.

Here is a different kind of desktop. This is Trinity or TDE for short which is based on KDE 3 but updated to run all of the modern software. Trinity has it's own apps but will also run both QT, GTK that is Gnome and KDE Plasma software. Here is the TDE Desktop on Linux Mint 21.2.

Gnome Desktop On Debian 12 Bookworm.

 Here is Debian 12 Bookworm with the Gnome Desktop on my other laptop. There are many ways to customise Gnome as we can see here.