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KScreensaver, KRandR Dropped From KDE Workspaces

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Published on 21 October 2013 10:15 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in KDE
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Martin Gräßlin made "a dream come true" today with killing the KScreensaver support in the KDE Plasma Workspaces in a commit entitled "Die kscreensaver, die!" He also proceeded to remove the KDE Screensaver KCM control module and drop other code too, including KRandR.

Martin kicked off the start of a new week by stripping out thousands of lines of code from the Plasma Workspaces Git code-base. Martin killed off the KScreeensaver code in full as KDE Frameworks 5 with Plasma Workspaces 2 will not be using XScreenSaver-based lock screens. Screensavers on an X.Org Server are inherently insecure (see here as an example) and XScreenSaver-based solutions obviously won't work under Wayland so a new solution is to be written.

Dropping the XScreenSaver-based KScreensaver happened with Die kscreensaver, die! and A dream comes true: the screensaver kcm goes away.

Beyond nuking KScreensaver, Martin also took care of killing KRandR. KRandR was the KDE RandR control applet for the desktop to communicate with the X.Org Resize and Rotate extension for manipulating screen configurations and other display settings across the different Linux graphics drivers. KRandR is being removed since it's been successfully replaced by the superior KScreen. Killing KRandR happened in We mourn today the death of krandr.

Martin wrote, "The young lord kscreen supported by General Fiestas and Vrátil started a revolution. First they took over the independent republic Kubuntu in the land of Ubuntu and the city where all the gear heads live in the land where the people wear red fedoras. Over time the young lord got control over all the gear heads and his people loved him. But still the old king krandr kept his place in his palace...Immediately kscreen got proclaimed to the new king of screen management. And the people in the streets celebrated their new ruler:"

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