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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
- CDM (Console Display Manager) — ultra-minimalistic, yet full-featured login manager written in bash
- SLiM (Simple Login Manager) — lightweight and elegant graphical login solution
- Qingy — ultralight and very configurable graphical login independent on X Windows (uses DirectFB)
- XDM — X Display Manager with support for XDMCP, host chooser.
- wdm — WINGs Display Manager
- LightDM — Cross-desktop display manager, can use various front-ends written in any toolkit.
- SDDM — QML-based display manager
- https://github.com/sddm/sddm || AUR, AUR
Loading the display manager
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:
... session required pam_systemd.so