Protects your computer from pesky people
There’s not much to say about a login manager, because it runs at boot time and you interact with it maybe a few times a day, when you login and when you lock your screen. But it’s there, it protects your computer from intruders or pesky people.
Helps you easily switch between multiple desktop sessions
In addition, the login manager usually allows a Linux user to switch between different desktop environment that are installed in the respective operating system. It also lets you to quickly login as a different user, use a guest account or the remote login function.
Looks very professional
When compared with other similar products, we can immediately notice that this project looks very professional, and provides users with state-of-the-art functionality. In our opinion, LightDM can be made to look even more professional than GDM, and provides some extra functionality.
Designed for GNOME
By default, GDM (GNOME Display Manager) is distributed as part of the GNOME desktop environment, but it can also be used as a standalone application that provides login capabilities for other desktop environments or Linux operating systems. However, GDM supports any Linux-based operating system and several desktop environments, including Xfce, Cinnamon, MATE, Openbox, Fluxbox, KDE, LXDE, and others.
We suggest GDM if you want a mature and full-featured login manager for your Linux distribution. But, if you operating system supports LightDM, we feel obliged to urge users to stick with it because it's much more powerful and provides state-of-the-art and modern functionality.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor, last updated on December 17th, 2014
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- set XDG_SESSION_TYPE in user sessions
- propagate XDG_CONFIG_DIRS and XCURSOR_PATH into login sessions
- Require plymouth if using systemd
- Translation updates
Application descriptionGDM (GNOME Display Manager) is an open source application that provides a login/display manager for GNOME&nb...