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Definition

In the X Window System, an X display manager is a graphical login manager which starts a session on an X server from the same or another computer. A display manager presents the user with a login screen. A session starts when a user successfully enters a valid combination of username and password.

Source: X_display_manager_(program_type)

Available X display managers

Package name

Screenshot

Description

gdm

http://screenshots.debian.net/screenshot/gdm

Gnome Display Manager

kdm

http://screenshots.debian.net/screenshot/kdm

KDE Display Manager

lxdm

http://screenshots.debian.net/screenshot/lxdm

LXDE display manager

xdm

http://screenshots.debian.net/screenshot/xdm

Xorg's default display manager.

lightdm

http://screenshots.debian.net/screenshot/lightdm

desktop-independent customizable display manager

slim

http://screenshots.debian.net/screenshot/slim

desktop-independent graphical login manager for X11

sddm

http://screenshots.debian.net/screenshot/sddm

display manager for X11 aiming to be fast, simple and beautiful

wdm

http://screenshots.debian.net/screenshot/wdm

WINGs Display Manager (using the WINGs widget-set used in Window Maker)

nodm

http://screenshots.debian.net/screenshot/nodm

automatically start an X session at system boot (without prompting password, for single user environment).

Selecting default display manager

If multiple display managers are installed, you can select the display manager to launch on startup via dpkg-reconfigure <display-manager-package> (e.g. dpkg-reconfigure gdm). Dpkg lets you select the default display manager from the installed display managers.

Note: X Display managers provide the x-display-manager virtual package (see virtual package policy).


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