well, IIRC, xpde does make an Xclient.xpde file for you. it just doesn't add a session to your kdm dropdown list although, it does fully integrate with gdm. just make sure you're session item in your kdm dropdown list matches the extension of the Xclients file. ie... xpde
(session item) = Xclients.xpde
# Switchdesk script to launch the xpde desktop
# Ian Chapman Oct 2003
i myself was not impressed at all with xpde. basically it does as much as most of the windows managers out there except not as good. i don't know why it's called a desktop environment either because of that.