Ubuntu 12.04 doesn’t have any screen savers by default but only a black screen when your system is idled. You can enable screen savers by replacing default gnome-screensaver with xscreensaver.
- 1. Remove default gnome-screensaver.
Search “terminal” from the dash or Ctrl+Alt+T to launch a terminal window,
execute following commands to remove gnome-screensaver:
sudo apt-get remove gnome-screensaver
- 2. Install xscreensaver and some additional packages with this command:
sudo apt-get install xscreensaver xscreensaver-data-extra xscreensaver-gl-extra
- 3. Launch and configure xscreensaver. First time it prompts to stop gnome-screensaver for xscreensaver to work properly
- 4. Make xscreensaver auto-start at login.
Launch Startup Applications from the dash home. Click Add to add xscreensaver as a auto-start app. Command area input xscreensaver -nosplash
- 5. Lock Screen.
The default lock screen key combination launches gnome-screensaver. You can disable it by Top Right corner menu -> System Settings -> Keyboard -> Shorcuts tab -> System
Then under Custom Shortcuts, click + to add shortcut to launch xscreensaver to lock screen. Command area input xscreensaver-command -lock
In addition, to revert all settings execute following to remove xscreensaver and install gnome-screensaver.
sudo apt-get remove xscreensaver xscreensaver-data-extra xscreensaver-gl-extra sudo apt-get install gnome-screensaver