Why do I Have to input my password after short time of inactivity

Asked by Roy Fisher on 2010-08-09

I am a brand new user of Ubuntu! My son suggested it after me moaning all the time about Vista.

I will be asking more Q's as I get used to it, but at the moment I have to input my password after a short period of inactivity. Can I change a setting? If so how?



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Best Marc Stewart (marc.stewart) said : #1

Of course you can change a setting.

It seems that you're referring to the way the screen is locked when the screensaver is activated. This is set by default for extra security, but it's easily unset if you don't want it. From the menu at the top left of the screen, choose:

System > Preferences > Screensaver

At the bottom of the "Screensaver Preferences" window that opens, there'll be a tick-box labelled "Lock screen when screensaver is active". Un-check that box, and then you'll only be asked for your password when first logging in.

Roy Fisher (royfisher64) said : #2

Marc Thanks for your help. I'm now sitting here red faced as it was so easy!!

This is my first go at Ubuntu as I have had XP & (dare I say the V word) Vista. I was ok with XP BUT HATED VISTA!!

I have downloaded Kino 1.3.4 which is a video edit prog. I have the file but do not know how to install the programme on to the machine. In XP days there would be an exe. file to click on, but I can't seem to see one. Do you know what i'm doing wrong?

Sorry to be a pain.


Duane Hinnen (duanedesign) said : #3

all your software, for the most part, comes from one place, the Ubuntu software repositories. Applications > Software Center
There is a search in the upper right. Type in 'Kino' and you will see it.
The Ubuntu equivelant of a .exe is .deb

System > Administration > Software Sources is where you manage your software repositories. Repositories are the places you get the software from. The 'Ubuntu Software' tab is the Ubuntu repositories. I always make sure the top 4 are checked. Main, Universe, Restricted, Multiverse. After you gain some experience you can add additional repositories to the 'Third Party' tab. Be careful about adding third party repositories unless it is a well known and trusted source.

The nice thing about the Software Center is all the software has been screened to some extent so their is a level of assurance that you are not downloading a malicious program.

Duane Hinnen (duanedesign) said : #4

You might check out the Ubuntu Manual. This is a nice reference for getting acquainted with Ubuntu.


Roy Fisher (royfisher64) said : #5

Thanks for all your help. Kino is now installed & working well. Cheers, Roy.