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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.1

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).

 

More display managers

Search on Debtags: tag:x11::display-manager AND tag:role::program

Selecting default display manager

Try the dpkg-reconfigure solution of this page.

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


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  1. Source: Wikipedia (1)