GDM – the GNOME Display Manager version 0.7.1 released

Martin Kasper Petersen
announced the following to the GNOME announcements mailing


Announcing a beta release of gdm – the Gnome Display

The Gnome Display Manager is a re-implementation of the well
known xdm program. gdm, however, consists of two separate parts: A
small daemon and a graphical login program — gdmgreeter.

gdm 0.7.1 implements all features required for managing displays
on your local machine. Support for XDMCP (remote displays) is
currently in development and scheduled for version 0.8.

The gdm daemon features:

  • X Authentication
  • Default and per-display initialization scripts
  • Pre and post session scripts
  • Pluggable Authentication Modules

gdmgreeter supports:

  • Logo image (in any GdkImlib supported format)
  • A face browser like the one on NeXT/SGI
  • Tab-completion (no, doesn’t work on passwords)
  • Halt, reboot and laptop suspend
  • Iconified login window (i.e. for xfishtank)
  • Session selection support (Package manager friendly)
  • Language selection support

Most features can be turned on and off in the configuration file
by the sysadmin.



Please consult README.install for instructions on how to
configure and install gdm.

Send suggestions, patches, bug reports etc. to
mkp@SunSITE.auc.dk. Bear in mind that this is beta software and
please enable debug logging (see README.install) and include your
syslog and /gdm/.log when sending bug reports.

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