Lightdm is a light display manager. It's an excellent alternative to gdm, & kdm. Lightdm is used in conjunction with x11-apps/xdm.
root # 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 folloing file to tell the system which display manager to use. Change the xdm file to the following:
/etc/conf.d/xdm- xdm configuration to use lightdm
If you want the user to type in the username, you can set these options.
/etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf- to make users manually enter the user name
[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:
root # emerge x11-misc/lightdm-gtk-greeter
for KDE fans:
root # emerge x11-misc/lightdm-kde
To start LightDM on boot, add dbus & xdm to the default runlevel. dbus may already be added.
root # rc-update add xdm default
root #rc-update add dbus default
If 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.
root # reboot