Dropping gnome-screensaver in lucid?

Jim Campbell jwcampbell at gmail.com
Sat Jan 16 20:18:04 UTC 2010

Hi All,

On Sat, Jan 16, 2010 at 11:09 AM, 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.
I was slightly confused with the listing of 1,2,3,4 in the start of this
post, and then the points referenced as 1,3,2,4.  :-)

That being said, I have no beefs with xscreensaver in Xubuntu if there are
no technical issues with it.  I actually prefer some of the additional
features it has over gnome-screensaver.

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