Bug#344559: Including .desktop files

Sven Arvidsson sa at whiz.se
Wed Aug 15 20:50:30 UTC 2007

On Wed, 2007-08-15 at 15:25 +0100, Sam Morris wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-08-15 at 16:04 +0200, Sven Arvidsson wrote:
> > If you do, it would probably be best to split the package and only ship
> > a select few of the screensavers by default, similar to how Ubuntu does
> > this; http://packages.ubuntu.com/gutsy/x11/xscreensaver-data
> This might not be necessary: the fdo menu spec allows us to specify
> which screensavers are enabled by default. Although I don't know if
> there is a way for the user to enable any that we have disabled;
> currently I believe the enable/disabled status is reflected by
> hiding/showing screensavers in g-s-preferences rather than by greying
> them out or giving them a checkbox.

That sounds like a good idea. It looks like upstream is at least
planning to add functionality to enable/disable screensavers from the
preferences; http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=316462

> My main concern here is really to prevent screensavers that have been
> known to show controvertial content (webcollage, the RSS reader one,
> etc.) from being enabled without the user's consent. Ideally we should
> display some kind of "screensavers that display third party content may
> contain unexpected porn and nazi propoganda and get you in trouble"
> warning when these hacks are enabled, but this is really a discussion
> for a separate bug. :)

Another concern is stripping out screensavers that need some kind of
configuration before being run, as this goes against the design of

There's also the question of translations of screensaver descriptions.
The migrate script from gnome-screensaver doesn't seem to support this.

Sven Arvidsson
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