Using Apple’s Aerial Screensavers on Ubuntu After coming across the [Aerial] (https://github.com/JohnCoates/Aerial) screensavers for Mac, and installing them, I decided that I had had enough of the graphics-demos of my Ubuntu Precise system. I hope to provide a simple guide on how to add them to your setup as well.
First, you need to install xscreensaver (for example with aptitude, but your distro should have it):
sudo apt-get install xscreensaver
Now remove gnome screensaver
sudo apt-get remove gnome-screensaver
and the latest version of mpv (you must use the latest version, see here for a list of repos for various package managers:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/mpv-tests sudo apt-get install mpv
Then, we need to go and actually get the videos that Apple uses as screensavers. I wanted to do this regularly as they may add more locations or videos, so I wrote a hacky script that checks the server to see if there are any videos that I do not have on disk and download them:
#!/usr/bin/python import json import os import requests import sys if len(sys.argv) != 2: print("Usage: %s <folder to save videos to>" % (sys.argv)) sys.exit(1) downloadDir = sys.argv if downloadDir[-1] != '/': downloadDir += '/' response = requests.get("http://a1.phobos.apple.com/us/r1000/000/" + "Features/atv/AutumnResources/videos/entries.json") screensavers = json.loads(response.text) for screensaver in screensavers: for asset in screensaver['assets']: filename = downloadDir + asset['id'] + ".mov" if not os.path.isfile(filename): print("Downloading %s" % (asset['url'],)) film = requests.get(asset['url'], stream=True) with open (filename, "wb") as filmFile: print("Writing %s to %s" % (asset['id'], filename)) for chunk in film.iter_content(chunk_size=1024): if chunk: filmFile.write(chunk)
and then I set it to be run every day at 3:00 pm by adding this to my crontab
03 00 * * * /home/samuelstein/screensavers/apple-aerial/get_videos.py /home/samuelstein/screensavers/apple-aerial
You will want to replace where you saved the script and the folder where you wish to save the videos as appropriate.
Finally, I added this to my .xscreensaver file under the programs section (which by default is in your home
directory), after all of the other screensaver options (at the end of the big
list of names with lines that end with
"Apple Aerial" mpv --really-quiet --shuffle --no-audio \ --fs --loop=inf --no-stop-screensaver \ --wid=$XSCREENSAVER_WINDOW --panscan=1 \ $HOME/screensaver/apple-aerial/* \n\
and selected "Only One Screen Saver", "Apple Aerial" and to Cycle After 0 minutes in the xscreensaver-demo:
At last you have to add xscreensaver to your startup applications: Find Startup Applications from Dash.
xscreensaver for the name and
xscreensaver -no-splash for the command.