Dropping gnome-screensaver in lucid?

Vincent mailinglists at vinnl.nl
Sat Jan 16 17:17:26 UTC 2010

On Sat, Jan 16, 2010 at 6:09 PM, Lionel Le Folgoc <mrpouit at ubuntu.com>wrote:

> Hi folks,
> Since karmic, gnome-screensaver heavily relies on gnome-session (for
> example to get the inactivity time). Therefore, it won't automatically
> activate on Xfce.  Xubuntu 9.10 has been released with this bug [1]; I
> would like to avoid releasing lucid with the same broken feature.
> Here are some possible alternatives:
>  (1) patch gnome-screensaver to restore the old behavior;
>  (2) switch to xscreensaver by default;
>  (3) develop another Xfce-oriented screensaver;
>  (4) do nothing.
> IMHO, (1) isn't going to happen: upstream won't change it back, I don't
> have time to patch gnome-screensaver nor to waste time to try to
> convince some people of the desktop team to apply it (but if you have,
> please step up)…
> (3) looks sexy, but is a bit unwise wrt to security matters.
> Screensavers are usually used to lock screens, so are sensitive pieces
> of software. I'm not sure it'll be ready (and secure enough) for lucid…
> (2) xscreensaver isn't really pretty, but works fine. At the moment, I
> don't know if it can be manually customized by the artwork team, any
> hints?  (there is already [2] to track this)
> (4) isn't really an option. If nothing has been achieved or no decision
> has been made before the UserInterfaceFreeze (March 4th, one week before
> the first beta), I think I'll set xscreensaver by default (2), because
> we can't release lucid as broken as karmic.
> These are some quick thoughts. If you think I've missed an obvious
> alternative, have better ideas or have already started to work on
> something, feel free to react.
> Cheers,
> Lionel
> [1] <https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xubuntu-meta/+bug/493573>
> [2]
> <https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xubuntu-artwork/+bug/361678>
> --

#2 sounds good to me. The dialog apparently can be themed to some extent
[3]. Not sure if this requires another package and, if so, whether that
would be doable.

The loss in accessibility is a shame, but the only alternative to that is
including both gnome-screensaver (with the risks mentioned in [3]) and
gnome-session. I don't think that's really an option - hopefully it's not
too big of a hassle for people with disabilities to install them manually.

[3] http://www.jwz.org/xscreensaver/toolkits.html

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