Lightweight display manager

Brian J. Tarricone bjt23 at
Fri Apr 15 20:36:18 CEST 2005

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Lucas Meneghel Rodrigues wrote:

> I was wondering if it's not possible to write a small and fast display
> manager for Xfce...

As others have pointed out, writing a display manager is quite
non-trivial, and has many tricky security implications.

Having said that, I *would* like to see a lightweight display manager
for Xfce.  I was thinking about taking GDM, ripping out the themable
login chooser, and keeping just the simple dialog.  Depending on demand
and the state of the codebase, I may remove the XDMCP support as well.

At any rate, I already have my hands full with xfdesktop and xfmedia,
not to mention my planned rewrite of the mail checker plugin.  So I
don't see myself getting to this any time soon, probably not in time for

Sorry if you feel like you've gotten hit with a bit of hostility; it's
just we get requests for things like this all the time, and the requests
far outstrip developer time.  To make matters worse, very few to no new
people actually step up to do any coding.  So you might say our feature
request list grows quadratically, while our developer list is either a
constant or (at best) grows linearly.

(In no way do I want to belittle the efforts of people who _have_
submitted patches and detailed bug reports and whatnot - you guys rock!)

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