XScreenSaver 5.01 reviewDownload
XScreensaver program waits until the keyboard and mouse have been idle for a period, and then runs a graphics demo chosen at random
XScreensaver program waits until the keyboard and mouse have been idle for a period, and then runs a graphics demo chosen at random. XScreenSaver turns off as soon as there is any mouse or keyboard activity.
It can also lock the screen (immediately, after a longer idle period, or on demand.) xscreensaver consists of two parts: xscreensaver itself (the ``driver'' or ``daemon''), which detects idleness and does locking; and the many graphics demos that are launched by xscreensaver.
Any X program that can draw on the root window can be used with xscreensaver, regardless of how that program is written, or what language it is written in, or what libraries it uses. The xscreensaver daemon takes care of detecting when the user is idle, locking, and checking passwords and all the other book-keeping; all the other programs need to do is draw.
The benefit that xscreensaver has over the combination of the xlock and xautolock programs is the ease with which new graphics hacks can be installed. You don't need to recompile (or even re-run) the xscreensaver program to add a new display mode, you just change a config file.
What's New in This Release:
Recent locale-related changes were backed out.
Updates were made to xflame, xflag, speedmine, boxed, sproingies, flipflop, and topblock.
Various other minor fixes were made.
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