ComputerBob wrote:@ Tina,
What's the point of including a zillion popular packages in the default installation if you don't include the things that each of those popular packages need in order to actually work? How did those package ever get to be popular if each user has to individually figure out how to get some of them to work?
When it comes to this screensaver thing I agree with you. It's stupid to include the list but not the packages needed to run them. And I have no idea what so ever what's behind that somewhat bizarre idea.
If I'm understanding you correctly, it sounds like the equivalent of making a really cool, brand new car that everyone wants because it includes electric door, electric windows, electric seats, electric seat warmers, electric mirrors, electric cup holders, an electronic GPS system, an electronic security system and a super-duper electronic sound system...
....and then delivering that car with some fuses missing from its fuse box and expecting customers to figure out which fuses they need to find and where they need to install them in order to make everything work.
It reminds me of something that happened years ago when CD players still was kinda expensieve. I managed to break the remote and went to buy a new one. They had two models, one basic and one advanced. Not having a lot of money I went for the basic one.
When I got home I noticed that the basic one I had just bought looked exactly like the broken advanced less the buttons. Curious I opened them both and the PCBs was exactly the same. So I put the PCB from my basic model in the case of the advanced one and viola... I had an advanced remote. The only difference being that the basic mode lacked the actual buttons!
Maybe I'm missing something, but I just "don't get" how anyone could think that doing that would be a good idea, let alone consciously decide to do things that way.
You could try to file a bug report, severity 'wishlist', requesting that "xscreensaver-gl" is made into a dependency of 'xscreensaver'. It might just be as simple as the package screwing up systems not using OpenGL though...