In various tests of distros I have come across a problem where the screensaver would not activate in KDE. I have been using Debian Etch off and on and was fairly happy with it, but then the KDE screensaver problem kicked in. It’s not a deal breaker to have no screensaver, but it’s one of those basic things that I think should work in a distro. At any rate, I searched around a bit (again), and found many people with the same problem, but no solution. Just for kicks, I hit the advanced tab in the screensaver config window, and set the screensaver priority to high (default is low) thinking that maybe there is some background activity keeping the screensaver from kicking in. And wouldn’t you know it, it seemed to work.

Screesaver Settings

Screesaver Settings Advanced