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Summary: A lightweight display manager
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Lightdm is a light display manager. It's an excellent alternative to gdm, & kdm. Lightdm is used in conjunction with Package:XDM (Display Manager).
# emerge lightdm
Lightdm is configured with
/etc/conf.d/xdm. By default, lightdm ships with lightdm-gtk-greeter which is controlled by
You'll need to edit the following file to tell the system which display manager to use, and to ensure that dbus is started prior to lightdm. Lightdm will crash if dbus is not running. Change the xdm file to the following:
If you want the user to type in the username, you can set these options.
[SeatDefaults] greeter-hide-users=true greeter-show-manual-login=true
LightDM will be pretty useless for graphical logins with out the addition of a greeter for it.
For GTK fans:
# emerge x11-misc/lightdm-gtk-greeterfor KDE fans:
# emerge x11-misc/lightdm-kdeOr if you prefer a webkit based greeter (Package:Lightdm-webkit-greeter):
# emerge x11-misc/lightdm-webkit-greeterTo start LightDM on boot, xdm to the default runlevel. dbus may already be added, but if it's not, it will be started anyway because we have configured xdm to depend on it (see /etc/conf.d/xdm, above).
# rc-update add xdm defaultIf you wish to change the background, you can follow these settings:
For LightDM GTK+ greeter edit
LightDM should display on reboot, which you may want to do now.