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how to install an independant screensaver in Fedora

asked 2015-06-18 18:38:50 -0500

Hi there! I'm a newbie, and this is quite a superficial issue, but I want to figure it out... there's a screensaver I really like, which is a .exe type file. My question is, which file type do I need to convert it to, to use it as a screensaver in Fedora? And how do I then add it to my list of available screensavers in my settings?

Should anyone be curious, the screensaver is on the following webpage, it's the second on the list, available in 2 formats:

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answered 2015-06-19 02:00:30 -0500

geforce gravatar image


It's not possible to convert a windows executable file to a linux binary.

[leigh@localhost Elfes1]$ file *
blank.swf:          empty
economiseur1.swf:   Macromedia Flash data, version 5
elfes2testdodo.scr: PE32 executable (GUI) Intel 80386, for MS Windows
Flash.ocx:          PE32 executable (DLL) (GUI) Intel 80386, for MS Windows
FlashSaver.dat:     ISO-8859 text, with CRLF line terminators
FsMpegDll.dll:      PE32 executable (DLL) (GUI) Intel 80386, for MS Windows
Uninstall.exe:      PE32 executable (GUI) Intel 80386, for MS Windows
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answered 2015-06-19 08:46:33 -0500

BRPocock gravatar image

updated 2015-06-19 16:17:40 -0500

You may be able to run it on demand using Wine (I have not checked), but Fedora normally (ie, with the default configuration) powers off the monitor when not in use, so there is no "screen saver" needed (nor available) without extreme measures.

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Actually there are some screensavers for fedora that don't need extreme measures.

  1. cinnamon-screensaver-unsupported (xscreensaver and webkit based screensavers).
geforce gravatar imagegeforce ( 2015-06-19 10:30:52 -0500 )edit

Really? I'm using Xfce with Compiz and xscreensaver works just fine, TYVM.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2015-06-19 12:39:00 -0500 )edit

Assuming default (Gnome) workstation settings; as (no offense, but) assuming that someone asking how to install a Windows .exe will probably not have installed an “alternative” desktop environment. But, yeah, one might do some fun things with winerunner and shell scripts, to questionable effort:benefit?

BRPocock gravatar imageBRPocock ( 2015-06-19 12:41:08 -0500 )edit

Back before Gnome 3 came out, I was quite happy with 2.x. I found that xscreensaver worked very well with it if, and only if I uninstalled gnome-screensaver, because if it were installed, Gnome would insist on using it and ignoring my settings. I don't know how Gnome 3 handles things as I went to Xfce just before it came out (I didn't like what I'd heard about it.) but I can assure you that as long as your DE doesn't get in your way, xscreensaver is just as good as it ever was. I agree with you about expecting the defaults, but you should try to be a tad more generic in your answers.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2015-06-19 15:03:20 -0500 )edit

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