Bug 208052 - single user set ups should have more relaxed authentication requirements by default.
Summary: single user set ups should have more relaxed authentication requirements by d...
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gnome-screensaver
Version: 9
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: jmccann
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Depends On:
Blocks: F9Target
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2006-09-26 03:38 UTC by n0dalus
Modified: 2015-01-14 23:20 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2009-07-14 17:02:06 UTC

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Description n0dalus 2006-09-26 03:38:26 UTC
Description of problem:
As much as everyone loves the appearance of security, I think having the
screensaver lock on by default is frustrating for new users. I've lost count of
the number of times I've gone to get something to eat or been busy talking to
someone and then have had to put in my password to unlock the screen. I've
watched people in my family use Fedora and I ask them if it's frustrating to
need to keep putting in their passwords, they say it is and they hadn't even
realised there is a way to turn it off.

Most users probably don't need this security feature, so I think it should be
disabled by default.

Comment 1 Ray Strode [halfline] 2006-09-26 14:29:57 UTC
So we could keep flipping the preference every other release, but i don't think
it really buys us anything.  The preference really depends on the use case.

This sort of belongs in the same bucket as autologin, I guess.  For the
single-user case it might make sense to turn on autologin in gdm and turn off
screen locking.


Comment 2 n0dalus 2006-09-26 14:44:50 UTC
I don't think this has anything to do with single/multi-user. Even in multi-user
environments (for example a shared family computer, or a small office) I trust
everyone else to be able to close anything I left open and log out.

The security the screen lock provides is extremelly small, given that as long as
someone gets access within 10 minutes of you leaving they avoid the lock
entirely, and I think that security-conscious users usually know enough about
computers to find the tickbox that turns the locking on.

Comment 3 Ray Strode [halfline] 2007-04-18 18:23:42 UTC
Punting until Fedora 8.

Comment 4 Ray Strode [halfline] 2007-09-05 17:23:48 UTC
One possibility that Matthias just brought up is that we could provide a 

[x] show this dialog again

type thing like we have on gnome-keyring dialogs, etc.

Comment 5 Ray Strode [halfline] 2007-10-02 17:26:10 UTC
Not going to address this before F8.

Comment 6 Bug Zapper 2008-05-14 02:22:45 UTC
Changing version to '9' as part of upcoming Fedora 9 GA.
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Comment 7 Igor Pires Soares 2009-02-24 03:58:40 UTC
I got a similar problem in Fedora 10.

See bug #452419:

gnome-keyring asks for password if gdm autologin is enabled. This bug has been around for a while and is really breaking NetworkManager usability for many use cases that you only need to power on and connect to a DSL network automatically.

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Comment 9 Bug Zapper 2009-07-14 17:02:06 UTC
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