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Old 09-09-2014, 08:46 PM   #1
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Question What is GDM? Can I uninstall it if I'm not using gnome?


I just installed debian, which came with gnome by default. I'm now isntalling kde and then I'm going to install i3 WM.
If i install KDE, Can i remove gnome and gdm?
How can I remove Gnome completely?


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Old 09-09-2014, 09:26 PM   #2
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GDM is the Gnome Display Manager. That's the element that provides the login dialog.

If you tell us what distro you are using, we can likely tell you how to remove it, but I would advise against doing so unless you have a really tiny hard drive. There's nothing wrong with having multiple window managers/desktop environments installed; if they are not being used, they just lie there harmlessly (Slackware comes with six out of the box). Simply install KDE, log out, and, before you log in, choose KDE in the session manager in the GDM window.
 
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Old 09-09-2014, 09:30 PM   #3
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if you say it's better to have both, i'll use kde and let gdm installed, thanks!
 
Old 09-09-2014, 09:34 PM   #4
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I wouldn't necessarily say "better."

Rather, I'd say that removing Gnome is not worth the effort. Plus, if you leave Gnome in place and find that you want to use a Gnome program for some reason (I sometimes prefer their "Videos," aka totem, video player), you can run it under KDE, since all the required libraries will be present.
 
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Old 09-10-2014, 04:03 AM   #5
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Short : GDM is used for login to KDE.
 
Old 09-10-2014, 04:08 AM   #6
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You can use GDM to log into KDE but KDM is the KDE display manager
 
Old 09-10-2014, 09:14 PM   #7
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The Arch Wiki lists 11 graphical display managers.

I had no idea there were so many until this thread.
 
  


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