Linux Tip: Use a Screensaver as Desktop Wallpaper

Linux users: You can embed a screensaver as the destop background with two terminal commands. Tech blogger Prashanth Ellina demonstrates how you can create a "video wallpaper" by temporarily removing the nautilus desktop and replacing it with an xscreensaver. An embedded screensaver is light on memory usage, but won't play nice with Compiz Fusion.

gconftool-2 --type bool --set /apps/nautilus/preferences/show_desktop false /usr/lib/xscreensaver/glmatrix -root
Prashanth even demonstrates how to add a menu entry for turning this effect off and on. If you don't like the Matrix look, you can substitute any listed screensaver instead of "glmatrix."

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