how to disable fade before screensaver

Peter Garrett peter.garrett at
Fri Feb 29 07:52:59 UTC 2008

On Thu, 28 Feb 2008 23:39:22 +0100
Mario Vukelic <mario.vukelic at> wrote:

> On Fri, 2008-02-29 at 06:47 +1100, Peter Garrett wrote:
> > The Gnome maintainer of gnome-screensaver, if I recall correctly,
> > regards making screen savers configurable as a proof that the screen
> > saver is "broken".
> Peter, this is a misleading portrayal of his actual position which is
> about as true as the cries of "Havoc Pennington does not want options in
> Gnome" were a few years ago, prior to Gnome 2. 

I won't resuscitate that one, although it would be fun to rant about
Metacity ;)  Nostalgia ain't what it used to be...

<flamebait> Fluxbox rules! </flamebait>

> I read the original posting and ensuing discussion at the time, but
> couldn't find it now through quick googling. I seem to remember that it
> was ambiguously phrased and, like Havoc, intentionally misunderstood.

That's probably true, but I stand by my preference for xscreensaver for
the moment. The Gnome screen saver may improve, and I will then revise my
opinion. I always try it whenever Gnome is updated...

> One must also not forget the context, which was xscreensaver's atrocious
> UI. 

Xscreensaver's UI is ugly, but it does what I want it to do. I'm sure
that it horrifies the HIG people. Perhaps I am not "human" enough for
the HIG ;) Since I don't need to use the UI  except to configure something,
this doesn't bother me. YMMV.

> Some of his positions on this are explained here:

I read that some time ago. I remain unconvinced. I was more impressed by
the information at

As I have said above, I will change my view if and when Gnome screensaver
approximates the functionality I can currently get using xscreensaver.
Currently I think gnome-screensaver is kind of insulting, not to mention
lacking simple ways to implement the kind of tweak that the OP wanted.


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