Since I could not find a working tutorial on this subject, I decided to write one and I hope it works for you as well as it has worked for me. I will break this down into five steps.
1. This step can be done either through the Terminal or the Synaptic Package Manager.
In your favorite terminal, type or copy and paste this:
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sudo apt-get remove gnome-screensaver
sudo apt-get install xscreensaver xscreensaver-gl-extra xscreensaver-data-extra
If you use Synaptic, find gnome-screensaver and mark it for removal, then find and mark these packages for installation: xscreensaver xscreensaver-gl-extra xscreensaver-data-extra
then click Apply and let it do it's thing.
* When I performed the above operation through the terminal, it reported that I never had gnome-screensaver installed, just something you may want to be aware of.
2. Open the Control Center and navigate to Startup Applications and add the entry in this screenshot:
and make sure it is checked.
3. Open Screensaver and see if the changes took place. If so, awesome! No need to go on. If not, continue to the next step.
* You could also try logging out or restarting the computer, but I didn't need to do either to see the changes.
4. Open your terminal and type:
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sudo apt-get remove mate-screensaver
5. Open Screensaver again and you should see the XScreensaver screen with a lot more screensavers like in the screenshot below. Enjoy!
I borrowed the information in steps 1 and 2 from this thread: http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=86813&start=0
which didn't work for me, but I managed to figure out step 4 on my own which was the missing piece of the puzzle.
I hope you found this tutorial useful. Please let me know if if worked for you. Thanks.