[HowTo] Electric Sheep screensaver (13 MATE)

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[HowTo] Electric Sheep screensaver (13 MATE)

Postby MintRainbow on Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:12 pm

If any Linux newb coming from Windows should know, Electric Sheep is a screensaveer made of awesomeness, unicorns and rainbows. But if one were to install it without any other human intervention than the act of installing it, then it will not show up -- Period. How does one fix this?

I first looked around for the various installed files for packages electricsheep and mate-screensaver. Then I found that the screensavers show up based on desktop files in "/usr/share/applications/screensavers".

I discovered that indeed, an entry for Electric Sheep did exist (/ElectricSheep). I opened pluma as root -- in a terminal,
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gksu pluma /usr/share/applications/screensavers/electricsheep.desktop
-- And saw that line 10 had this:
OnlyShowIn=GNOME;KDE;XFCE

All one wanting Electric Sheep to show up has to do is append ;MATE to the string in line 10, so it looked like this;
OnlyShowIn=GNOME;KDE;XFCE;MATE
Revision 01/12/13: Removing or commenting line 10 will also suffice. Timing, I know, but yeah.

Saved it, looked in my screensavers and there it was! Hope this helps people. For the more tech-illeterate among us, I'll upload a copy of ElectricSheep.desktop on request, along with a wget command to replace what came with the electricsheep package.Saved it, looked in my screensavers and there it was! Hope this helps people.

Or, you know, the Mint team can repack electricsheep with the modified .desktop file as per my discovery...

EDIT: Widescreen monitors
For people with wider screens (16:9 or similar), install mplayer. mplayer2 will be removed, but mint-meta-core (Assumed required for future updates) will remain unaffected. Once installed, and mplayer2 removed (listed as a conflict), then use of the default driver, "gl" or "xv" in electricsheep-preferences will show the pretty fractals in stretched widescreen, just like in Ubuntu.

With either mplayer or mplayer2, use of "x11" as specified driver will show a cropped screen instead of the widescreen format shown in the mate-screensaver-preferences preview within the dialog.
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Re: [HowTo] Electric Sheep screensaver (13 MATE)

Postby Oscar799 on Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:13 pm

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Re: [HowTo] Electric Sheep screensaver (13 MATE)

Postby lux_ on Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:55 pm

This worked for me.
It would have taken me hours to find this, I may have even overlooked it all together.
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Re: [HowTo] Electric Sheep screensaver (13 MATE)

Postby calexil on Sat Jul 21, 2012 1:49 am

REVISION*****IT WORKS NOW!!!!!<<<<NO IDEA WHY?!
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Re: [HowTo] Electric Sheep screensaver (13 MATE)

Postby twimmer on Thu Aug 02, 2012 11:52 am

calexil wrote:found the file and edited it ......still not working...reinstalled electricsheep, .....still not working....newest kernel still........not..........werk-____-

I followed the same instructions and it never worked for me as well :( Wonder why its not working?
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Re: [HowTo] Electric Sheep screensaver (13 MATE)

Postby p.vogt on Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:10 pm

This worked for me. Thanks.
One question: where or how do I configure the settings for it since the Screensaver Preferences does not show a way?

Edit:
Nevermind. I just type 'electricsheep-preferences' in a terminal.
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Re: [HowTo] Electric Sheep screensaver (13 MATE)

Postby 3×5 on Sun Oct 14, 2012 3:47 pm

I got it to work. Nice!

Is electric sheep rasterized? Maybe I don't totally understand the concept. When I use Project M, I can see that my GPU is really cranking out the geometry, that it's rendering things in real time. Electric Sheep looks a little rasterized and compressed to me.
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Re: [HowTo] Electric Sheep screensaver (13 MATE)

Postby MintRainbow on Fri Jun 21, 2013 5:35 am

I cannot get it to work in Mint 15. Interesting the desktop file fix doesn't work either, forcing the use of xscreensaver and the mate screensaver daemon to be replaced for sure-fire compatibility.

Man that sucks.
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