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Aerial Screensaver

Post by pedulla » Sat Feb 04, 2017 3:59 am

So I was bug'n around with Kodi on a Pi3 and totally dug the Aerial screensaver. It's the flyover Mac screen saver. Very cool. What is not cool is that Kodi can't play music and a screen saver at the same time... but I digress. So I started digging around and put the pieces together to get the Aerial screensave installed in the xscreensaver on my Minty-Mate 18.3.

1) Download and unzip: ...
Read about it here:

2) Copy to /usr/lib/xscreensaver/atv4 and make it executable by running the following as the root user:

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cp /usr/lib/xscreensaver/atv4 && chmod +x /usr/lib/xscreensaver/atv4

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sudo cp /usr/lib/xscreensaver/atv4
sudo chmod +x /usr/lib/xscreensaver/atv4
3) Create a .desktop file in /usr/share/applications/screensavers/

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sudo nano /usr/share/applications/screensavers/atv4.desktop
Copy this text into the atv4.desktop file

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[Desktop Entry]
Exec=/usr/lib/xscreensaver/atv4 -root
Comment=Mac Aerial Screen Saver
The Aerial screensaver is now a choice in your control center screensaver.

4) (Optional) The videos will stream over the internet unless you follow these steps to copy the movies locally. Follow this part of the instructions from the Git page linked above:
Optionally download the expected video content manually to save the bandwidth of repeatedly streaming them. This screensaver expects them to be installed to /opt/ATV4 which should be world-readable. You may use the following to little script to obtain the videos and save them to this location. Make sure that you have wget installed prior to running the script:

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# run this from /opt/ATV4 which you created and assigned 755 premissions manually

for i in \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \; do
    wget "$url/$i"
    chmod 644 $(pwd)/$i
Enjoy your cool new screensaver.

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Re: Aerial Screensaver

Post by brroad » Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:07 pm

Thank you for this post. I am running Cinamon 18.3 but couldn't get it to work and couldn't find the line in ~/.xscreensaver to edit. Anyone had any luck getting Aerial to work?

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