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Release Digest: GNOME, July 24, 2003Jul 25, 2003, 05:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(If you have no clue what gdm is, skip a few paragraphs down first)
[For a stable version use version 188.8.131.52]
I actually wrote up some docs for this thing. Isn't that crazy. In any case I've updated the reference docs, added lots of new info and merged in the greeter theme document. So the GdmGreeterThemeManual.txt is gone now. The docs are standard gnome docbook/xml docs and are installed so that you can browse them through the GNOME help system under GNOME|System. They are also now on the web in both html and pdf format at the webpage (www.jirka.org/gdm.html)
Also of interest is that there are now two uses of setjmp/longjmp in the code and more are likely coming in the future. I've finally overcome my irrational fear of setjmp/longjmp and started using them. Some of the problems really weren't possible to solve without them with some weird fork hack. So now I can't mention any more that GDM is better then XDM because it doesn't use longjmp :)
More security kind of things were added in this release, for example we're now also very careful in the logdir, and the authority files are not readable by the gdm user after the session has started until the session ends. Also the on-disk-fifo is no longer used for slave<->daemon communication meaning the gdm user can cause less havoc with that as well.
Also lots of speed improvements. First of all the FIFO change makes things a bit snappier and there was also an overhaul of how many XOpenDisplay's we do which turns out took up a lot of time. The most significant improvment comes from fixing the server reinitialization which shaves off a few seconds from server reinit (and avoids some races as well).
There is even a new feature (which passed the release-team and I even didn't have to whine much) which makes it possible to have custom selectors on the graphical greeter. Look for the "listitem" tag in the theme documentation.
To solve the libart crash issue, I now require a new version of libart with that fixed (there's one more fix in the same code in CVS but I haven't seen that affect gdm).
And now for the standard part of the release announcement:
GDM is the GNOME Display Manager, it is the little proggie that runs in the background, runs your X sessions, presents you with a login box and then tells you to piss off because you forgot your password. It does pretty much everything that you would want to use xdm for, but doesn't involve as much crack. It doesn't use any code from xdm, and has a more paranoid and safer design overall. It also includes many features over xdm, the biggest one of which is that it is more user friendly, even if your X setup is failing. The goal is that users should never, ever have to use the command line to customize or troubleshoot gdm. It of course supports xdmcp, and in fact extends xdmcp a little bit in places where I thought xdm was lacking (but is still compatible with xdm's xdmcp).
Highlights of 184.108.40.206:
Note: GDM2 was originally written by Martin K. Petersen <firstname.lastname@example.org>, and has for a while now been maintained by the Queen of England. She is usually not responsive to bug reports or feature requests. You can try to send them to me however.
Note2: If installing from the tarball do note that make install overwrites most of the setup files, all except gdm.conf. It will however save backups with the .orig extension first.
Note3: Note3 has been depracated ...
Sorry no RPMS. There is a spec file included in the tarball and it may or may not work (it should, and it did some time ago but I haven't tried it lately).
PS: I am planning to apply for a copyright on stupidity to which I have aquired license rights to when I bought Idiocy, Inc. I have revoked SCO's license to use and/or sell stupidity and am herby requiring they destroy all copies of said stupidity. Furthermore I will be announcing a plan to license run-only license of stupidity for current users for the low price of $10,000 per brain. This license is only for using your current stupidity and does not allow you to modify or even analize your stupidity as you would be infringing on my IP rights. I am now asking for 1 gazillion dollars of damages from SCO for lost revenue since stupidity is the primary mode of human activity ranging from SOHO use to large enterprise usage. Stupidity is used to run 98% of the world's corporations, which tops UNIX server usage by quite a bit.
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