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I liked GNOME, until...

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on February 17, 2007 09:41 PM
...the advent of gnome-screensaver.

GNOME "just worked," and I liked it. Then came gnome-screensaver, a piece of software that, like DRM, didn't just treat me like an idiot. It considered me The Enemy.

gnome-screensaver, as described in its FAQ, has as one of its stated goals preventing users from doing Rude Things like making GLtext display rude messages. It does that be denying the user almost any control over the screensaver whatsoever.

Unfortunately, this goal is just as achievable as victory in the War on Drugs. There's nothing that keeps me from turning the screensaver off and leaving an OpenOffice document reading "THE CEO IS A BASTARD" (the example from the FAQ) on display in 288-point Cooper Black, or leaving an image open on screen that would create a "hostile work environment."

In addition, control was taken away from the user in the name of some perceived Ideal Situation in which screensavers check the processor speed and capabilities of the graphics card they're using before deciding whether and at what settings to run graphics-intensive screensavers, rather than letting the user see how they run on the full screen and deciding whether to go with that screensaver or not.

Combine this with the developer's at least seemingly arrogant, condescending, and dismissive attitude towards requests for a return to the level of control people were long accustomed to under xscreensaver, and I reached my limit.

Excuse me; I need to go open a gedit window and type "I'M MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANY MORE!"<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:)


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