[clug] Photo viewers?

Robert Edwards bob at cs.anu.edu.au
Mon Jun 18 00:01:57 GMT 2007

I have been playing with setting up an old(er) EPIA mini-ITX box I had
lying around as a photo frame slide-show viewer thingy using an old 14"
LCD flat panel I also had lying around. Boots diskless and then is
(supposed to) show photos from an NFS-mount of my home server with
various randomnesses (random fade effects, random photo order etc.).

I have tried xslideshow, but it segfaults with -animate random,
otherwise works fine.

I am currently using the KDE kslideshow screensaver, which is not too
bad, but doesn't dynamically check the photo directory as it is running,
only when it starts, so adding/subtracting photos to the photo directory
on the server doesn't take effect until it stops and then starts again.
Also, can't get the cursor to reliably "blank" when the screensaver is

Anyone had any better experiences with other slideshow apps/got any
other recommendations? It is important that the thing starts from power
on with no user intervention (no keyboard and/or mouse clicks etc.).

I am using a base Ubuntu Feisty (from debootstrap - very minimal) with
KDE installed (not Kubuntu, as that brings in heaps of packages I don't
want) and a locally configured/compiled kernel (for network booting).


Bob Edwards.

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