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Lockywolf 07-01-2019 04:08 AM

xlockmore vs xscreensaver
 
I believe it's not the first thread dedicated to such a vital issue, but I'm curious what people use in 2019.

I vote for xscreensaver myself, because it's used by default in xfce, and I never cared about reconfiguring it.

ponce 07-01-2019 04:25 AM

I use both.

montagdude 07-01-2019 09:10 AM

Many people probably use neither (myself included).

ehartman 07-01-2019 09:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lockywolf (Post 6010772)
I vote for xscreensaver myself

I voted xscreensaver myself too.
As the system is my own only, I don't need to "lock" the screen and I like the variety of screen savers xscreensaver offers.
And it's easy to compile myself whenever I'd like a newer version.

Lysander666 07-01-2019 09:28 AM

xscreensaver with the 'Phosphor' saver. I lock my screen often, normally when walking away from my laptop in the university library to get a drink or something.

cwizardone 07-01-2019 09:53 AM

I voted for xscreensaver, but Xfce now has it own screen saver,

https://bluesabre.org/2019/06/13/xfc...-1-5-released/

Paulo2 07-01-2019 11:24 AM

Maybe would be good to add two more options, neither and both :D


xscreensaver with both Matrix screensavers, nice when restoring from suspend or hibernation.

The Sego Sago Kid 07-01-2019 12:28 PM

Neither! I use slock. Less visual clutter

linustalman 07-01-2019 02:06 PM

It's a landslide result.

marrowsuck 07-01-2019 03:18 PM

xlockmore user checking in.

bassmadrigal 07-01-2019 06:44 PM

I don't use any screensaver or locking feature. My screens timeout at like 10 or 15 minutes of being idle. And right now I don't need to worry about anybody getting on it and fiddling with things (my wife uses the laptop downstairs and we don't have kids yet), so there's no reason for me to lock it (maybe once I have kids). I will occasionally lock it manually if I know we're going to have the nieces or nephews over.

frankbell 07-01-2019 08:10 PM

Xscreensaver. I like pretty pictures.

solarfields 07-02-2019 12:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cwizardone (Post 6010873)
I voted for xscreensaver, but Xfce now has it own screen saver,

https://bluesabre.org/2019/06/13/xfc...-1-5-released/

they too, like reinventing the wheel :p

just kidding, Xscreensaver and Xfce power manager have some redundant features, so I guess that's the reason.

chrisretusn 07-02-2019 03:40 AM

I don't use a screen saver.

I use Power Management to switch off my screen.

hitest 07-02-2019 08:17 AM

Xscreensaver.

magicm 07-02-2019 08:31 AM

Xscreensaver
 
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w1k0 07-03-2019 07:18 AM

I used xlockmore once. A serious downside of xlockmore is that it locks just X Window sessions. I usually run two such sessions starting X Window from two consoles with startx command. After locking X Window with xlockmore it is still possible to switch to any console using Ctrl+Alt+F[16] keyboard shortcuts, then use Ctrl+C to kill X Window and finally run unlocked session with startx command. As a result xlockmore locks nothing because anyone is able to kill locked session and start a new one.

In order to lock X Window and consoles I use vlock --new command. It locks everything completely.

chal 07-03-2019 11:23 AM

Never had it, never will.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by montagdude (Post 6010847)
Many people probably use neither (myself included).

Amen! I use a fullscreen customized version of xdaliclock, not within xscreensaver, but stand alone.

w1k0 07-03-2019 12:59 PM

If you use xlockmore you may define following ACPI action:

/etc/acpi/actions/fnf2-lock.sh
Code:

#!/bin/sh

for d in /tmp/.X11-unix/*
do
    display=`echo $d | sed s#/tmp/.X11-unix/X##`
    user=`finger | grep -m1 \(:$display | awk '{print $1}'`
    echo $display $user
    su $user -c "xlock -display :$display -mode clock -count 1 -size 700 -cycles 9000 -erasemode no_fade -icongeometry 256x256 -username ' ' -password ' ' -info ' ' -timeout 15 &"
done

and an ACPI event such as:

/etc/acpi/events/fnf2-lock
Code:

event=button/screenlock SCRNLCK 00000080 00000000 K
action=/etc/acpi/actions/fnf2-lock.sh

Above action finds all running X Window sessions, identifies their users, and locks these sessions users may unlock sessions using their own passwords.

Above event works with IBM/Lenovo ThinkPads.

FlinchX 07-08-2019 01:20 AM

I've been an xscreensaver user for years until a few years ago. Oneday I locked my home desktop (yes, I do that even at home, because I pretend to be a security literate user) and went out for shopping. When I returned back home, I saw that xscreensaver had segfaulted, thus had compromised the privacy of my personal files. I have switched to slock of suckless fame and never had any issues with it since then. It doesn't come with vanilla Slackware, so I'll use this opportunity to thank rworkman again for providing a slock buildscript on SBo.

Lockywolf 07-08-2019 01:56 AM

Quote:

I saw that xscreensaver had segfaulted, thus had compromised the privacy of my personal files
Huh? I remember jwz boasting xscreensaver being one of the least segfaulty apps out there. Perhaps he's biased.

ponce 07-08-2019 02:34 AM

it happened to me too, with some of the GL screensavers, but I dunno if they were to blame or the nvidia drivers instead...

Skaendo 07-08-2019 07:25 AM

I didn't vote because "don't care" or "whatever PV includes" wasn't an option.

FlinchX 07-08-2019 10:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lockywolf (Post 6012991)
xscreensaver being one of the least segfaulty apps out there

Generally, a screensaver is expected to be stable indeed. You can have fancy full disk encryption with a giant password and user passwords that are shorter/weaker (because you have full disk encryption!), then a segfaulty screensaver leaves you with pants down if it crashes.

Lockywolf 07-09-2019 08:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ponce (Post 6012995)
it happened to me too, with some of the GL screensavers, but I dunno if they were to blame or the nvidia drivers instead...

In a well designed screensaver it shouldn't matter. The actual locker would run the demo in a subprocess and just restart it if it crashes.

Lockywolf 07-09-2019 08:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Skaendo (Post 6013043)
I didn't vote because "don't care" or "whatever PV includes" wasn't an option.

PV includes both. That's the point of the survey. And that's why there are not xfce4-screensaver and other (purportedly, less secure) screensaver options.

bassmadrigal 07-10-2019 12:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lockywolf (Post 6013611)
PV includes both. That's the point of the survey. And that's why there are not xfce4-screensaver and other (purportedly, less secure) screensaver options.

PV includes at least 3 that I'm aware of (see below). Doing the poll this way prevents you from getting accurate results due to those who decide to use something else or choose to use nothing at all.

It's like asking Germans if they drive a BMW or Mercedes, even though there's also VW and the many other non-German options people might be driving. If you wanted to leave the poll based on what's provided in Slackware AND get an accurate idea of what people are using on the system, it should've included at least 5 options:
  • xlockmore
  • xscreensaver
  • screenlocker (KDE Default)
  • something else
  • nothing

Lockywolf 07-10-2019 01:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bassmadrigal (Post 6013656)
PV includes at least 3 that I'm aware of (see below). Doing the poll this way prevents you from getting accurate results due to those who decide to use something else or choose to use nothing at all.

It's like asking Germans if they drive a BMW or Mercedes, even though there's also VW and the many other non-German options people might be driving. If you wanted to leave the poll based on what's provided in Slackware AND get an accurate idea of what people are using on the system, it should've included at least 5 options:
  • xlockmore
  • xscreensaver
  • screenlocker (KDE Default)
  • something else
  • nothing

That's correct, I should have made a better question. I was actually interested in XFCE users, moreover, people who prefer to use as much stock software as possible. But that would clutter the question :-(

I need to make a new one some time later

Skaendo 07-10-2019 02:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lockywolf (Post 6013671)
That's correct, I should have made a better question. I was actually interested in XFCE users, moreover, people who prefer to use as much stock software as possible. But that would clutter the question :-(

Then I'll revise my reply here;

What ever PV decides to use by default for the stock configuration, like I setup on multiple PCs using XFCE and FVWM. (I tend to stay away from KDE, and don't even install it on at least 2 of my PCs)

To elaborate a little more, I have at least 2 PCs that run ONLY stock configurations with only slackrepo added. So in essence, my original reply is technically still correct.

But I do use Cinnamon DE on one which has it's own screensaver/screenlocker (that uses PAM and krb5 and depends on xlockmore? not really sure)


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