As I was playing with the iMac, I decided that this thing just HAD to have my favorite screensaver on it, Helios. Setting it up was a breeze, but that's not why I'm writing today. I noticed an interesting piece of functionality that I really wanted to have. Hot Corners.
Hot Corners give the ability to initiate screen saving or power saving functions by simply moving the mouse to one of the four corners of your screen. For example, I setup Hot Corners so that when I put the mouse at the bottom right corner of the screen, it will start the screen saver.
I started Google searching for a program that provides similar functionality for Ubuntu & GNOME. That's when I stumbled upon Brightside (see, there it is again). Brightside provides virtually the same functionality that Hot Corners does, plus the ability to switch screens by moving the mouse to the side of the screen. Brightside doesn't seem to have been worked on since Dapper was around, however it still works perfectly. There are some install issues though, simple fixes for them too.
Here's how to get brightside running...
sudo apt-get install brightsideThis is where you will encounter two issues:
- Brightside's properties configuration will not automatically be added to System > Preferences. So you will have to add this yourself.
- Brightside will not automatically start when you login. So you will have to add the program to System > Preferences > Startup Applications.