[nSLUG] Replacement fro gdm

Jack Warkentin jwark at bellaliant.net
Wed Sep 14 17:26:26 ADT 2011

I've actually never tried xdm, mainly because it was never among the 
automatically installed components of any GNU/Linux distro I have tried, 
and also because of comments I have heard that it contains a lot of old 
baggage, ie cruft (my phrasing, not somebody else's).

I certainly don't want something that would allow somebody to try and 
login remotely.


Daniel Morrison wrote:
> What's wrong with xdm? Apart from being ugly, of course.
> Well-tested, well-documented, standard across many systems, and still
> has all the basic features that gdm threw away while it was being
> "improved".
> -D.
> On 14 September 2011 14:29, Jack Warkentin<jwark at bellaliant.net>  wrote:
>> Hi Everybody
>> At the nSLUG meeting on Monday earlier this week I was asking if anybody had
>> any suggestions as to a replacement for gdm3, into which gdm has
>> metamorphosed, and is even cruftier than before (IMHO).
>> Ben had a negative suggestion, ie do *not* use --- can't remember exactly
>> what, but it was something like slip or slide.
>> The results of
>> # apt-cache search "display manager"
>> on my Debian testing system yielded
>> gdm3 - Next generation GNOME Display Manager
>> kdm - KDE Display Manager for X11
>> ldm - LTSP display manager
>> ldm-server - server components for LTSP display manager
>> ldm-themes - Collection of themes for the LTSP login manager
>> libxdmcp-dev - X11 authorisation library (development headers)
>> libxdmcp6 - X11 Display Manager Control Protocol library
>> libxdmcp6-dbg - X11 authorisation library (debug package)
>> liblightdm-gobject-1-0 - simple display manager (gobject library)
>> liblightdm-gobject-dev - simple display manager (gobject development files)
>> liblightdm-qt-1-0 - simple display manager (Qt library)
>> liblightdm-qt-dev - simple display manager (Qt development files)
>> lightdm - simple display manager
>> lightdm-gtk-greeter - simple display manager (GTK+ greeter)
>> lightdm-qt-greeter - simple display manager (Qt greeter)
>> lightdm-vala - simple display manager (Vala files)
>> nodm - automatic display manager
>> sdm - Secure Display Manager - secure remote access to X11
>> sdm-terminal - Secure Display Manager - terminal files
>> wdm - WINGs Display Manager - an xdm replacement with a WindowMaker look
>> xdm - X display manager
>> (Ben's non-suggestion obviously wasn't there.)
>> I wasn't interested in kdm or xdm for more or less the same reasons that I
>> was trying to replace gdm, and ldm&  sdm did not appear suitable to my
>> single machine systems (desktop and laptop, no server); nodm, for
>> smartphones, was a non-starter.
>> So I first tried wdm. It looked good at first, but when I su'd to root and
>> tried to run synaptic, the authorization system said no. There was an error
>> message saying "could not open display", which, I have learned from previous
>> experience, means that X-authorization has rejected the request to open the
>> display.
>> So I got rid of wdm and tried lightdm and so far it looks good. As a result
>> of purging gdm, I have been able to rid my system of roughly 20 no longer
>> needed packages. Great de-crufting! But there are still a *lot* of gnome-ish
>> packages around that are still needed by the half-dozen or so gnome
>> applications that I use.
>> I hope this is of interest to other members of the list.
>> Jack
>> Jack Warkentin, phone 902-404-0457, email jwark at bellaliant.net
>> 39 Inverness Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3P 1X6
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Jack Warkentin, phone 902-404-0457, email jwark at bellaliant.net
39 Inverness Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3P 1X6

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