xscreensaver and locking the screen

xscreensaver is run automatically, in the background, when you log in. It will lock the screen if you are idle for a certain amount of time (thinking you have walked away and forgotten to log out).

To see all possible screensaver modes and options:

xscreensaver-demo

To lock the screen:

xscreensaver-command --lock

There should also be a LOCK icon at the bottom of the screen. Clicking that icon will run the --lock option.

lock image

lock image

Note: many of the screensaver modes have been disabled, as they are cpu-intensive. Please be careful if you turn on additional screensaver modes.


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