GLSlideshow picture directory and timeout

Linux Mint 10 comes with xscreensaver-gl, uses GNOME screensaver daemon and does not have xscreensaver installed. Therefore, using xscreensaver-demo is not the default way to configure your screen saver and you loose a lot of configuration possibilities. As setting GLSlideshow’s picture directory, timeout, with more. Luckily, it can be done easy with two files:

/etc/X11/app-defaults/XScreenSaver, here you will find

*imageDirectory:        /usr/share/backgrounds

Some personal images would be nice:

*imageDirectory:        ~/Pictures/screensaver

/usr/share/applications/screensaver/glslideshow.desktop

Exec=/usr/lib/xscreensaver/glslideshow -root -duration 5

Here, duration is the timeout for each picture. You can find more options with:

man glslideshow

For example fade, zoom, titles with more.

The manual for xscreensaver does also have information on the /etc/X11/app-defaults/XScreenSaver(under section X RESOURCES), but you need to install xscreensaver and might just use xscreensaver-demo to configure it then.

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