GNOME Screensaver slideshows

William Jon McCann, gnome-screensaver maintainer, has added a new theme that provides a slideshow of images. To provide a good set of defaults, we are going to add a few default slideshows (Cosmos, Forest, and Beach). For cosmos, we have been getting images from NASA, which, AFAIK, are in the public domain and available for use (please correct me someone if that’s not true). For forest and beach slideshows, we need pictures, so this is a CFP (Call For Pictures) from people about forests and beaches.

We have decided on a small condition for each one:

  • For beach pictures, they should be very relaxing.
  • For forest pictures, they should be somewhat mysterious.

So, if you have good photos with these requirements, and provided the photos are yours and you really want to donate them for the GNOME cause to be included in gnome-screensaver, please add a comment here with a link to the picture.

Also, it would be really nice to have some cairo/glitz expert to help in improving the code for the slideshow theme, optimizing and animating (pan and zoom) the slideshow. The code is in gnome-screensaver CVS module.

44 Responses to “GNOME Screensaver slideshows”

  1. Luis Villa says:

    This is great! GL-slideshow runs on all my machines; I’ll switch them all to gnome-screensaver as quickly as I can rebuild :) is my suggestion for forests; I’m looking for a good beach picture, but can’t seem to find any that are relaxing :)

  2. G says:

    did you check in wikipedia? AFAIK almost all of their images are public domain or GFDL

  3. Luis Villa says: (forest, but in fall, so might not fit in with a ‘green’ forest theme)

    Still can’t find decent beach pics… I think maybe my ‘growing up in miami’ means I think beaches are boring and so I haven’t taken any decent pictures :)

    Also, the HEAD code doesn’t seem to work for me- I hardcoded my pictures directory but it doesn’t seem to find any of the pictures in it. Realistically, BTW, this will probably need to be a gconf setting- too many people picking too many different places, you can maybe guess at a few and pop up a question if it isn’t in one of the guessed places, but that’ll still only catcha small number- and I guess it’ll have a lot of false positives too. :/

  4. Hi Rodrigo,

    Here you have two pictures made by my wife in Algeria :

    All the photos available in in Algeria are from my wife, so you can take anyone you like.

    I hope to see you at the next Guadec!

  5. If you make the screensaver to support fetching image lists via Pheed RSS feeds, it would be very easy to modify the photo listings and to subscribe third-party feeds.

    For example, Midgard CMS supports pheed by default for all image galleries so you can subscribe feeds like and×768-pikselia/rss.xml

  6. Andrea says:

    Hi Rodrigo,

    some pictures for gnome-screensaver

    Sunset 2
    Sunset 3
    Sunset 4
    Sunset 5

    Forest 2

    You can use them, if you like and yes, the ‘server’ is soo slow…

  7. Andrea says:

    oh oh, what happened to my comment?


  8. Cameron Blunt says:

    A couple of the oregon beach

    deviant art is the only way I have to host them please contact me if they don’t work.

  9. Here is a beach photo I took that like a lot: I can release it to the Public Domain.
    It is from Sardinia.

  10. I have this in 7.2MP it’s called Forest Tale:

    You did not mention what licence is acceptible but since this picture is mine I can relicence it anyway you like.

  11. Stephen Fromm says:

    The following is a candidate for the forest category.

    I’ll also dig through my archives at home.

  12. bookeldor says:

    mushrooms (boletus edulis) for the forest theme (from france)

    and a forest photo, with fuzzy light

  13. All my pictures are (cc) by-sa (attribution-sharealike), which is pretty close to GNU FDL.

  14. Andrea says:

    Second mistake: sunrise not sunset.


  15. Chris says:

    Sorry – the above were all taken by me, and I can release them under creative commons (preferred) or just into the public domain if that’s preferred. – chris

  16. Jan Moren says:

    A few forest-type pictures from Japan (cc license can be changed to whatever is needed for inclusion).

  17. antrix says:

    Beach photos:

    You can take anything under CC license there. Larger sizes available on request.


    Really good photo’s but not sure about the licensing. You may want to contact them.

  19. The first one is really mystic :-)

    Taken by me 2004 in India Darjeeling – take them if you want them. They’re hereby public domain. Dominik Schnitzer.


    This one is taken by Bartek Kania and will be the frontpage for my new homepage. Fits the mystery requirment just fine ;-).

  21. thomas says:

    How’s that for a mysterious forest?

    The GNOME project can use it in any way it sees fit, provided it can find a use for it ;)