Thursday, June 23, 2011

Testing the new Login Manager for Ubuntu, LightDM

Ubuntu has been using GNOME's display manager, GDM, till 11.04. From 11.10, it will be switching to a new display manager, i.e. LightDM. They say LightDM would be easily themeable, it is a lot lighter as reflected by the name and would match Unity better than GDM.

Here are a few suggested mockups for LightDM in 11.10:



Oneiric Installation

On your testing install of Oneiric, go to a Terminal and run this command:

sudo apt-get install lightdm lightdm-theme-gnome

Once installed, you would be presented with a choice to choose your default display manager, choose LightDM.

Natty Installation

LightDM is also available for Natty via PPA for testing purposes. For installation, go to a Terminal and run these commands:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:lightdm-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install lightdm lightdm-theme-gnome

You would be presented with a choice to choose your default display manager, choose LightDM.

If you want to revert to GDM, run this command and choose 'GDM' when prompted:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm

Reporting Bugs

Remember, LightDM doesn't look beautiful or even anything close to beautiful right now. It would keep improving with time until the final release of 11.10. Bugs are expected in LightDM at this stage of development so if you find some, you can report those here.

https://bugs.launchpad.net/lightdm

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GDM , LightDM