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Will the privacy guard work with Linux?

2020-06-16, 22:02 PM
Are you planning to introduce the digital privacy guard display mode to Linux? It's great just pressing a hotkey to enable the privacy mode for the display.
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Re:Will the privacy guard work with Linux?

2020-06-17, 0:35 AM

Hi @ardevd 

 

Yes - privacy guard works exactly the same. It's actually a pretty OS agnostic feature which makes my life easy.

 

We did have a kernel patch for review upstream to make the feature a bit more user friendly in Linux but it's got a bit stuck as the kernel devs wanted a more generic solution and to tie it in to some work being done in the graphics stack. Unfortunately the person doing the graphics stack work moved on to something else so it might be a while before that all gets resolved (it's not an area we know particularly to be able to jump in easily)....We'll get that figured out at some point and hopefully have some ties in to Gnome (or KDE) eventually (not everyone approves of hotkeys ) but in the meantime the FN+D hotkey works well - I've tried it myself ;)

 

Mark

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Re:Will the privacy guard work with Linux?

2020-06-17, 5:24 AM
That's great news! So you're saying it currently just works out of the box? No configuration needed?
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Re:Will the privacy guard work with Linux?

2020-06-19, 12:46 PM

Yep  - as long as you're using FN+D hotkey.

As an aside - there's another related feature (Privacy Alert I think it's called) where it detects someone looking over your shoulder and Linux doesn't have support for that yet. 

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Re:Will the privacy guard work with Linux?

2020-08-25, 9:22 AM

I am running a new t14 with ryzen 7 pro, and Manjaro KDE on top.

 

The function key Fn+D does not work. And when trying echo 1 | sudo tee /proc/acpi/ibm/lcdshadow I just get the answer that no such device exists.

Does that mean that I do not have privacy guard on my machine, or may it have changed in functionality on the t14 amd?

 

Br

Fredrik

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Re:Will the privacy guard work with Linux?

2020-08-25, 17:13 PM

Yes - that seems likely. The FN+D hotkey is handled directly by the BIOS so really the OS doesn't get involved. I think you can double check by running acpi_listen to see if there are any events.

 

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