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SDDM Display Manager Sees Its First Release

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Published on 20 March 2013 08:33 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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Mentioned a few times in recent months on Phoronix has been SDDM, a lightweight Qt/QML-based display manager. The good news now is that the Simple Desktop Display Manager has seen its first official release.

The first release, Simple Desktop Display Manager 0.1.0, was shared via Google+ to the world. As talked about in earlier articles on SDDM, it's a lightweight yet modern display manager that uses Qt and Qt Quick for making a very configurable display manager that is very lightweight and opens up lots of possibilites. The only har dependencies on SDDM are PAM, XCB, and Qt. In its months of development, it's been quick to get new features.

Right now SDDM is focusing upon X.Org Server support, but given its light dependencies and strong use of Qt, Wayland support will likely come to SDDM quite easily. SDDM has also taken the interest of the Hawaii Desktop Environment and there they already have their own Qt-based Wayland compositor.

The code to SDDM can be found on GitHub. Embedded below is the easily-developed "Maui" theme for SDDM.


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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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