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I'm using Xfce and the screen goes to blank if I'm not doing anything on my mouse or keyboard for a while. How can I set that thins won't happen? Also, is it possible to set the screensaver such that if I'm watching video on the internet, the screensaver won't go on?

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You can try Caffeine, it works both with gnome-screensaver and xscreensaver. If you can't install it, there are lots of independent scripts that you can download and use.

If you can't install directly, try with this ppa:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:caffeine-developers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install caffeine python-glade2

Here is a well known script

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