How can I replace ugly screensaver unlock screen in Xubuntu 11.10?
Standard xscreensaver is very ugly.
Is there any themes for unlock screen?
The closest you can come to theming is to change the colours/fonts & date-time format. Anything more will probably need to recompile xscreensaver and change the source.
For example -
can be changed to -
Using leafpad (
Copy and paste the following for the first picture above:
Copy and paste the following for the second picture:
The run through the following steps to enable your changes:
If you are familiar with svg image programmes (like Inkscape), you also could modify the logo to suit your own wishes. The logo is located in usr/share/pixmaps and is called xscreensaver.svg and xscreensaver.xpm.
However, there is a remark on changing the logo. See this thread for more info: http://crunchbanglinux.org/forums/topic/7907/taking-the-ugly-out-of-xscreensaver/
Also, there are various important restrictions regarding the xpm file. I neglected those, resulting in a complete crash of my system. I will give it a try in the future, but so far i will stick to the flaming computer logo. See here for the restrictions, which I found only afterwards: http://www.swanson.ukfsn.org/xss/
And here is the process you have to follow to properly hard-code the images: http://www.inductiveload.com/posts/change-the-xscreensaver-icon/
By the way, I suggest to change the font to something else, as not everyone has the "dina" font. It will then revert back to its original, failsafe font. Replacing "dina" with "arial" works for example, but the Ubuntu font doesn't seem to work.
Following fossfreedom's example, I chose the following settings in a a newly created ~/.Xresources file, and I found the result quite attractive (a dark-background theme with gentle blues):
Also with the changes loaded with:
It seems they use raw Xlib for security reasons.
Solution with Xresources is a good one, I use it myself, but you may as well try these: