My wife uses her Mac for graphic design projects. She has a saying. ‘You can never have too many fonts.‘ I don’t know how many fonts she uses regularly or at any one time, but I know there are almost 4,000 fonts stored on her Mac.
Those of us with a Linux and Unix background, the geeky Mac user, have a similar saying. ‘You can never have enough screen savers.’
The collection of screen savers on the MacBook Air I use daily numbers well over 100. And that’s on a Mac that is used so frequently during the day that the screen saver seldom pops up.
What’s the deal?
Screen savers are collector items. Here’s a bunch from XScreenSaver which have roots in the X11 Window System from various and sundry versions of Linux and Unix, and they work on your Mac. For free. There are dozens in the collection. Here’s a look at a few of my favorites.
As geeky and retro as this collection of screen savers is, X11 is not required to run on OS X. The screen savers work well with OS X’s standard screen saver system.
XScreenSaver is also a framework for blanking the Mac’s screen and locking the screen for added security.
There’s a lot more geek in XScreenSaver than meets the ye. With a little coding in preference file you can add random text, or insert a custom video clip, and do a lot more to truly customize the screen savers in the collection, which will also test your Mac geek mettle.