With P lasma 5.7 released I’m allowed to blog about new features in Plasma 5.8. One of the features missed by many users in the Plasma 5 series was the lack of animations in the lock screen architecture. With Plasma 5 we dropped support for the old XScreenSaver and went QtQuick only. Now technically it was always possible to have animations on the lock screen. Our lock screen architecture loads the QtQuick files through the lookandfeel package mechanism, which means that one could provide an animation in a lookandfeel package.
But so far, nobody did that. Which means we don’t have animations on the lock screen. Today I’m happy to announce that this situation is going to change with Plasma 5.8. Our lock screen architecture gained support for Plasma Wallpaper plugins. All the wallpaper plugins available for the desktop are now also available for the lock screen. By default it uses the image wallpaper set to the default wallpaper, but one can also have slide shows, or fancier animations. In fact one could even try to provide a Plasma Wallpaper plugin for the old XScreenSavers.
The support for wallpaper plugins got added as a scratch-your-own-itch solution. For a personal project I must be able to show a slide show on a locked screen and looked at possible solutions for this. Pretty quickly I came to the conclusion that adding Plasma wallpaper support is the best solution and also provides something for all Plasma users. But it also makes me wonder why nobody did that before.