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Old 07-10-2004, 10:58 PM   #1
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Unhappy Gnome Login Screen


I'm using Slackware 10.0 and whenever I boot up the computer it comes up with this Gnome login section where I can pick and choose different sessions. Well personally I'm not fond of having Gnome saying login and so forth. Isn't there a KDE login section where you can even pick and choose from sessions??

What is this login section called? and how do I go about to change it to the KDE version? Also are there other versions?

Thanks
 
Old 07-11-2004, 08:11 AM   #2
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What you're talking about is technically called the Display Manager or "DM", and is commonly also called the "login manager".

You are presumably using GDM (the GNOME display manager), and want to change to KDM (the KDE display manager). There is also XDM (the X display manager, non-specific to either GNOME or KDE), other "loose" DMs, such as entrance, and Mandrake has a specialized version of KDM known as MDKDM (not that you care, using Slackware as you are, but you did ask if there are others, and there are).

As for how to change your DM, that is controlled by /etc/rc.d/rc4. It looks first for GDM, then KDM, then XDM.

You can either just uninstall GDM (so it is not found; GDM is a separate package from GNOME, so uninstalling it should not affect any GNOME installation you may have, though I can't speak for a Dropline GNOME installation, which is slightly differently configured), and then Slack will be forced to default to KDM, or you can comment out the three "Search for GDM" lines in /etc/rc.d/rc4, so that they are skipped and Slack just starts KDM.

I suppose you already know that KDM can be configured through the KDE Control Center .

Hope this helps.
 
Old 07-11-2004, 08:14 AM   #3
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Have a look at the bootscripts. If you look at /etc/rc.d/rc.4 it starts with
Code:
# Try to use GNOME's gdm session manager:
if [ -x /usr/bin/gdm ]; then
  exec /usr/bin/gdm -nodaemon
fi

# Not there?  OK, try to use KDE's kdm session manager:
if [ -x /opt/kde/bin/kdm ]; then
  exec /opt/kde/bin/kdm -nodaemon
fi
so if you comment out the lines where it looks for gdm it will go straight to looking for kdm . Like so
Code:
# Try to use GNOME's gdm session manager:
# if [ -x /usr/bin/gdm ]; then
#   exec /usr/bin/gdm -nodaemon
# fi

# Not there?  OK, try to use KDE's kdm session manager:
if [ -x /opt/kde/bin/kdm ]; then
  exec /opt/kde/bin/kdm -nodaemon
fi
 
Old 07-11-2004, 08:12 PM   #4
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Awesome!!! Thank's a million guys, do you know by any chance of a good Linux book that would be ideal for someone sort of new to linux?
 
Old 07-11-2004, 09:42 PM   #5
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i was wondering if the /etc file is the same in fedora core 2
 
Old 07-12-2004, 02:03 PM   #6
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No, the bootscripts are completly different in Fedora. I have got Fedora core 2 installed, but without KDE. Why don't you ask in the Fedora forum?
 
  


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