How to Install the Eternity Screensaver in Ubuntu

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The Eternity Screensaver plays animations of ray-traced scenes which took days or even weeks to generate. The reasoning is that these clips should look more impressive than anything which can be generated on-the-fly.

Eternity consists of a main package called eternity-screensaver and a number of plugins which add more animations.

Install Eternity Screensaver

Install the key using the following commands

gpg --keyserver --recv-keys 9B1DB022

gpg --export --armor 9B1DB022 | sudo apt-key add -

Edit your APT sources file

sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the following lines

# Eternity Screensaver
deb feisty main
deb-src feisty main

Save and Exit the file

To install the screensavers use the following command

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install eternal-ubuntu

For Ubuntu Satanic Edition Users

If you are using Ubuntu Satanic Edition use the following command to install screen savers

sudo apt-get install eternal-damnation

Run the Screensaver selection tool

For GNOME Users

* go to: System->Preferences->Screensaver

For KDE Users

* Right-click the desktop and select "Configure Desktop..."

The screensavers are called Eternity, Eternal Ubuntu, Eternal Damnation.

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Sample Screen Savers

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1 Response

  1. yanger says:

    is there a fix for gutsy yet?

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