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  • Ubuntu 11.10 To Replace GDM With LightDM

    Phoronix: Ubuntu 11.10 To Replace GDM With LightDM

    Beyond Ubuntu 11.10 likely marking the switch from the Evolution to Thunderbird e-mail client, the Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" release is also to switch over to LightDM based upon today's UDS Budapest talk...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=OTQzOQ

  • #2
    Hm, why not SLiM?

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    • #3
      I think that's a good idea. I can't find any reason to have a DM that fits your desktop suite.
      The only thing you may want to have something that matches the appearance of your desktop. That doesn't even need to use the same toolkit (you can do it with styling, I think I can do any appearance with css styling, and there are even things like oxygen-gtk).
      Of course, if you change your desktop theme, you may have to update the DM theme also.

      The point is : when you're on your DM, you don't yet have your desktop session available, so your theme config is not there (multiuser ).

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      • #4
        Thank you!

        This was so much needed. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!! Everything that can be shared, should be shared between the different variants.

        Thank you!

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        • #5
          multiseat

          I hope there will be multiseat support in it as they promised. (1 PC, but with multiple keyboard, mouse, vga, and screen attached to it)
          It would be cool for schools, libraries, netcafés, etc...
          The last time I could get multiseat X working was in Debian Sarge. GDM became such a pain in the ass in the last years.

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          • #6
            designing a long-in theme in HTML
            A typo here: must be log-in theme.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by mikeplus64 View Post
              Hm, why not SLiM?
              Slim is pretty featureless. I've had a bunch of problems over the years with GDM but I could never let me parents/grandparents/etc use slim because doing things like restart/shutdown are not intuitive and there is no user list.

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              • #8
                It has a webkit frontend? Wow, that will be most useful to create awesome log-in themes . I'm going to have a go at it as soon as I can.

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                • #9
                  No multiseat, but an HTML frontend for better themes?

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                  • #10
                    http://www.advogato.org/person/mjg59...html?start=296

                    some people seem to disagree

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 89c51 View Post
                      Their argument is that LightDM is light on code because it can't do as much as GDM and the others, and if you removed those features from the others they would be light as well.

                      If that's true and that is the main difference, maybe it'd be easier to strip out, or turn off, parts of GDM if Canonical wants to dispose of certain features to achieve a faster boot time.

                      All I know is Natty is soooooo slooooooow in booting in comparison to Meerkat that I went back to Meerkat. Well, that plus other highly annoying problems.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Yfrwlf View Post
                        All I know is Natty is soooooo slooooooow in booting in comparison to Meerkat that I went back to Meerkat. Well, that plus other highly annoying problems.
                        And the problem there must be gdm and only gdm, right? On my system (a Gentoo system) gdm takes nearly no time, nor does the session handling it takes, compared to the time Xorg itself takes.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Xake View Post
                          And the problem there must be gdm and only gdm, right? On my system (a Gentoo system) gdm takes nearly no time, nor does the session handling it takes, compared to the time Xorg itself takes.
                          Definitely not, hence why I said "all I know is...", I have no idea if the gdm vs. lightdm argument that gdm is already slim but merely has a lot of features is true or not. Ubuntu 11.04 is definitely not slow due to gdm loading time alone, at the very least. Even loading Unity feels like it takes a much longer time in comparison to loading Gnome on 10.10.

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                          • #14
                            HTML front-end? It has my vote. Designing themes for gdm (and kdm) is a PITA.

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                            • #15
                              OH HELL YEAH!

                              I've been waiting on something lighter than GDM to come up. SLiM doesn't cut it. I've downloaded the tarball and will see if it plays nice with Xfce.

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