Replace gnome-screensaver with xscreensaver on Debian 5.0

As many of us hate change it happens…. for me it was when Gnome decided to use their own screensaver daemon /preferences app. After  a while i found a guide on how to replace gnome-screensaver with xscreensaver. I have adapted the guide i have been using for years for use on the newly released Debian 5.0.

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  1. su
  2. sudo killall gnome-screensaver
  3. gconftool-2 –type boolean -s /apps/gnome_settings_daemon/screensaver/start_screensaver false
  4. chmod -x /usr/bin/gnome-screensaver
  5. apt-get install xscreensaver
  6. apt-get install xscreensaver-data-extra xscreensaver-gl-extra
  7. gedit /usr/share/applications/gnome-screensaver-preferences.desktop
    1. replace “Exec=gnome-screensaver-preferences” with “Exec=xscreensaver-demo”
    2. Comment out the following lines to look as they are below:
      #X-GNOME-Bugzilla-Bugzilla=GNOME
      #X-GNOME-Bugzilla-Product=gnome-screensaver
      #X-GNOME-Bugzilla-Component=general
      #X-Ubuntu-Gettext-Domain=gnome-screensaver
  8. ln -f /usr/bin/xscreensaver-command /usr/bin/gnome-screensaver-command

By following this guide you loose the pretty lock screen but you get real screensaver options.

This guide was based on two forum posts on the ubuntu forums:
HOWTO: Replace gnome-screensaver with xscreensaver and Re: HOWTO: Replace gnome-screensaver with xscreensaver

Btw this post was written on linux 😉 (The shot below is my screensaver settings)
xscreensaver on Debian 5.0