Re: New module proposal: LightDM

On Fri, 2011-05-13 at 13:43 -0500, Brian Cameron wrote:
> Robert:
> I am one of the 3 GDM maintainers.  I think there is a real need for
> LightDM as a FreeDesktop module, so I think it is great that LightDM
> has joined the FreeDesktop family.
> GDM has evolved into a display manager that is most focused on tight
> integration with GNOME.  This is perfect for GNOME users and distros
> that focus on GNOME users.  However, GDM is not always a good choice
> for other desktop systems, distros that perhaps want to provide
> multiple desktop choices and be more desktop neutral about display
> management, or distros that need to support devices that may not support
> things light OpenGL.

Since when did GDM require OpenGL? I must have missed the point when we
started using gnome-shell in the login screen...

> I think it is obviously important to Oracle to have display management
> options that are not too tightly bound to things that are not supported
> on Solaris like systemd, DeviceKit, PolicyKit, etc.  Also, Oracle's Sun
> Ray products work best with a display manager that supports a non
> OpenGL GUI.  I could imagine GDM becoming more tightly focused on
> OpenGL in the future, like GNOME Shell.  Thus, perhaps LightDM could be
> considered a "fallback" display manager for the GNOME community.

I'll repeat what I said in the past. Solaris developers will need to
write some code at some point, or just give up. We can't stand around
waiting for them to make a move when we want to better the functionality
of GNOME as a Desktop.

Given that the next Solaris release isn't until a number of years,
that's as much time they can now spend playing catch up.


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