[SATLUG] Choosing a Display Manager

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Sun Apr 11 19:22:17 CDT 2010

Frank Huddleston wrote:
> Greetings,
>    I'm trying to decide which display manager to run under the FluxBox 
> window manager. I guess the generic one is xdm, but Gnome uses gdm, KDE 
> uses kdm, and then I think there are a few others around. I've always 
> used xdm just because it was the default, but a while ago I installed 
> Ubuntu Studio and that runs with Gnome by default, and gdm.
>  I ran FluxBox over gdm for a while, then replaced it with xdm, just 
> because it seemed to be less aligned with any particular windowing 
> system. I run apps from everywhere: Gnome, KDE, X, whatever.
>   I understand that usually, the choice of the display manager is 
> determined by the window or desktop manager, but in this case it isn't. 
> So I'm asking: for the users who don't run either Gnome or KDE: how did 
> you decide on the display manager? What are the factors which are 
> considerations in picking one or the other?

I don't use a display manager.  I use startx from the command line. 
There are a couple of advantages to doing that.  The main one is that if 
there is a problem with the graphical display, the system will still 
boot.  The boot is also faster.

   -- Bruce

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