The author begins referring to "login manager" right after listing a different phrase in the title, "Display Manager".
IMHO, a display manager is not a login manager. The login manager handles just the part of the process that gives the user a place to login and interfaces with the OS authorization process to recognize the user. The display manager can provide a login manager, but primarily handles the starting of the rest of the graphical interface by starting a new session on a local or remote system.
In the first place a user is given the green light to use the system, but nothing further occurs. In the second, the user is given the interface with which to work.
I think we need to be a little more precise and clear, and there should be more details.
- Wikipedia is always a good resource in this regard: Wikipedia:X display manager (program type).
- I've always used the terms interchangeably... -- pointone 10:32, 27 November 2009 (EST)
- I know, many do. I'm sure I have as well. It's sort of epidemic out there. However, it appears clear that there does need to be a distinction because of the difference in actual duties of the two. - KitchM 16:46, 27 November 2009 (EST)
- I think the current state is OK, otherwise display managers and login managers would have to be distinguished. Putting XDM (X Display Manager) into the former and SLiM (Simple Login Manager) into the latter would be quite confusing. -- Lahwaacz (talk) 21:40, 26 August 2013 (UTC)