Simon McVittie wrote:
> Here is an attempt at a more current description:
> 
>  Screensaver and screen lock formerly used in GNOME
> 
>  gnome-screensaver is a simple screen saver and screen lock, used in older
>  versions of the GNOME desktop environment.
>  .
>  It is designed to support, among other things:
>  .
>   * the ability to lock down configuration settings
>   * translation into other languages
>   * user switching
>  .
>  This package is not necessary in the GNOME desktop environment, because
>  GNOME Shell contains its own screen lock implementation. It is
>  used by lighter-weight desktop environments such as GNOME Flashback.

For me (and most of the people I see considering this question on the
net) that has to be "more lightweight", not "lighter-weight"...

And is it a matter of "It is used" or "It can be used"?
-- 
JBR     with qualifications in linguistics, experience as a Debian
        sysadmin, and probably no clue about this particular package

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