I searched for "xscreensaver ugly" and found this thread. It's a bit frightening to see that after two years of talk, there doesn't seem to be a satisfying answer to this question.Might there be any news on replacements for xscreensaver?
Is there anything at all that can be done to modify Xscreensaver's login prompt? It's so incredibly ugly, but I have found no way at all to tweak it or replace the theme of it somehow. System-wide theme settings don't seem to affect it either.
Flyingwindows is intended for xscreensaver but it wouldn't compile. Before getting into that, on my Ubuntu 12.04, every existing xscreensaver file seems to have a binary in /usr/lib/xscreensaver and an xml file in /usr/share/screensaver/config. There's no xml file to be seen after untarring.
Here's what I did:
Copied the flyingwindows-0.2 folder into the /usr/share/xscreensaver directory.
I just discovered that xscreensaver is not functional with the lockscreen button in F17/GNOME 3.4.1. I wanted to make sure of this so I re-installed gnome-screensaver. The lockscreen button did operate correctly then. But since I want to use xscreensaver the question arises. Can the lockscreen button on the panel be made to operate when xscreensaver is installed?