XScreenSaver 6.04 out now

XScreenSaver 6.04 is out now, including iOS and Android.

I wrote two new hacks this time, Nakakin and ChompyTower.

I've long been fascinated by the Nakagin Capsule Tower, and since it is being demolished this month, I figured I'd write a screen saver about it.

I also recently picked up a couple of very cool books: Nakagin Capsule Tower, The Last Record and Nakagin Capsule Style. I don't speak Japanese, but the photos are great!

Other notable stuff:

  • On X11, I figured out how to work around the antisocial idiocy inflicted upon us by the GNOME and KDE built-in screen lockers, so it's no longer necessary for each user to hack GNOME and KDE in order for video players to inhibit screen blanking. See the comments at the top of xscreensaver-systemd.c for the vile details.

    The installation instructions in the man page reflect this: let me know if they seem inaccurate.

  • You can now set your image directory to the URL of an Internet Archive "collection" and it might even work. I added special-case for scraping IA, which was necessary because their implementation of RSS feeds is criminally negligent. See the comments in xscreensaver-getimage-file for the vile details.

    And if you know who is responsible for the code on their end, please try to convince them to make their RSS feeds not be completely useless. (My contact there just laughs and backs away like it's the third rail.)

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12 Responses:

  1. James C. says:

    On X11, I figured out how to work around the antisocial idiocy inflicted upon us by the GNOME and KDE built-in screen lockers

    Once again, thanks for sacrificing your sanity for the sake of your users.

  2. mattl says:

    Be careful that it doesn't try to uninstall all of GNOME.

    Sad that this has to be said, but yeah... it's terrible how free desktops are packaged.

    • jwz says:

      Right? Since I am not a crazy person, I haven't had a printer at home since the 80s, but just try to remove cups.  Or ghostscript. Or mplayer.

      But you can rest assured that any time you upgrade anything, there will be a new release of ncurses available.

      • mattl says:

        Part of my day job these days involves keeping 20ish Ubuntu machines current and it’s a joke.

        Also the machines that can take it have XScreenSaver but it’s a rats nest to keep it all current and since lockdown half the machines are desktops in an office nobody goes to anymore.

  3. Bill Paul says:

    I hate to ask this but:

    FreeBSD has KDE, which I am prone to using (and GNOME, which I am not), but mercifully doesn't have systemd. So, what happens there?

    Note that "I don't know and I don't care" is an acceptable answer.

  4. prefetch says:

    I don't [read] Japanese

    GooTL: realtime from camera, offline, 'free'.
  5. thielges says:

    The demise of the Nakagin Tower is unfortunate.  Thanks for virtually preserving it.

  6. johannes says:

    I've waiting for something like the Chompy Tower vicious kebab abomination for all my life without knowing. Thanks again.

    • jwz says:

      I was wondering if anyone would appreciate that one, or if I would just get a bunch of "why???" like I did for Squirtorus.

  7. Paul N says:

    No teeth tag?

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