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Revision as of 04:24, 12 September 2013

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This page outlines common display/login managers, and provides links to their respective articles.
Overview
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A display manager, or login manager, is typically a graphical user interface that is displayed at the end of the boot process in place of the default shell. There are various implementations of display managers, just as there are various types of window managers and desktop environments. There is usually a certain amount of customization and themeability available with each one.

List of display managers

Console

  • CDM (Console Display Manager) — ultra-minimalistic, yet full-featured login manager written in bash
https://github.com/ghost1227/cdm || cdm-gitAUR

Graphical

  • SLiM (Simple Login Manager) — lightweight and elegant graphical login solution
http://slim.berlios.de/ || slim
  • Qingy — ultralight and very configurable graphical login independent on X Windows (uses DirectFB)
http://qingy.sourceforge.net/ || qingy
  • XDM — X Display Manager with support for XDMCP, host chooser.
http://www.x.org/archive/X11R7.5/doc/man/man1/xdm.1.html || xorg-xdm
http://projects.gnome.org/gdm/ || gdm
http://www.kde.org/ || kdebase-workspace
  • LXDMLXDE Display Manager. Can be used independent of the LXDE desktop environment.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/lxdm/ || lxdm
  • wdm — WINGs Display Manager
http://voins.program.ru/wdm/ || wdm
  • LightDM — Cross-desktop display manager, can use various front-ends written in any toolkit.
http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/LightDM || lightdm, lightdm-bzrAUR
  • SDDM — QML-based display manager
https://github.com/sddm/sddm || sddm-gitAUR, sddm-qt5-gitAUR

Loading the display manager

Many display managers come packaged with a systemd service file. See here.

Troubleshooting

Crash on 2nd logout

With the switch to systemd, many display managers crash on the 2nd logout. To solve this issue, just add a line to the end of the appropriate pam configuration file. The following example is for SDDM:

/etc/pam.d/sddm
...
session 	required 	pam_systemd.so