Kok, Auke sofar at
Wed Dec 3 20:03:04 CET 2008

Globe Trotter wrote:
> --- On Wed, 12/3/08, Kok, Auke <sofar at> wrote:
>> From: Kok, Auke <sofar at>
>> Subject: Re: screensaver
>> To: "XFCE general discussion list" <xfce at>
>> Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 1:05 PM
>> Brian J. Tarricone wrote:
>>> On Tue, 2 Dec 2008 18:49:27 -0800 (PST) Globe Trotter
>> wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> I have been wondering if there is a screensaver
>> for xfce? I don't
>>>> like the reputed bloat with xcreensaver and my
>> preferred option xlock
>>>> has been freezing with Fedora 10 so I wonder if
>> there is an
>>>> alternative.
>>> xscreensaver is considered bloat now?  Wow. 
>> xscreensaver is probably
>>> the lightest, most secure screensaver out there. 
>> (xlock is lighter,
>>> but not particularly secure.)
>>> But if you really think xscreensaver is bloat, you
>> probably shouldn't
>>> be using Xfce either ^_~.
>> not true. I would bet that a lot of people just use their
>> screensaver to blank
>> their screen and turn off the monitor (the optimum for
>> powersavings).
> One thing I dislike about my command for xscreensaver is that it does not turn on the DPMS. As a result, the screen never goes blank. I consider this to be an unnecessary waste of resources. Is it possible to let the DPMS power savings come on with xscreensaver?
> Many thanks,
> Trotter

I wouldn't even bother and replace xscreensaver alltogether with an Xfce screen
locking program that uses gtk2 and is driven by xfwm4 (after all, xfwm4 knows when
the user is no longer active best of all).

xscreensaver is maybe fancy and relatively up to date, but it's a dinosaur in size
and fails at doing the basics (dpms) right, and it does not integrate.

but alas, my gtk/xfce codings skills are rock bottom. Otherwise I would have
implemented this already together with an xfce login manager :)


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