about display managers...

Polytropon freebsd at edvax.de
Wed Mar 15 18:46:05 UTC 2017

On Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:12:08 +0100, Christian Baer wrote:
> Because I like to play with different WM and desktops, I have installed
> Lumina, Xfce and Openbox - there might be more.  But there is the
> thing about the DM. On Opensuse Leap I can install KDM5 (which I
> actually do like) as a separate package (with very little KDE clutter).
> FreeBSD doesn't have it as a separate package, so I'd have to install
> KDE completely - which I am trying to avoid.

I think you only need kde-base and kde-libs for kdm to work.
Maybe there are KDE-less alternatives that you might want
to consider, for example SLIM or WDM?

> Strangely, GDM is there as
> a separate package, but since it wants to install the current Gnome3
> (~950MB), I won't go down that road either.

I also cannot recommend to do this. A recent update where
the Gnome part replaced Gnome 2 with Gnome 3 (and lead to
total unusefulness of the system) taught me not to deal
with Gnome anymore. Sadly, MATE (a Gnome 2 fork, partially
compatible) doesn't include a "gdm lookalike", that's why
I switched to SLIM - therefore my recommendation.

> XDM works but looks like
> it's stuck in the early 90s.

Well, xdm is very functional and customizable, but you
have to manually edit files to do so. It's secure (in a
way that it doesn't suggest user names, display passwords
or autologins users) and also _very_ fast. Additionally,
it's very lightweight on X dependencies.

Personally, I'm still using it on a daily basis, so it
must be good for something / someone. ;-)

> Can someone recommend a DM[2], that can be installed under FreeBSD
> (without having to install a complete desktop along side it), preferably
> one that looks modern attractive (customers will see this laptop) and
> makes changing between desktops nice and simple?

Again, I'd like to mention WDM (the WindowMaker display manager)
and especially SLIM, super easy to setup, fast, and looks good.


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