ANNOUNCE: GDM, the "Who Farted?" release


(Note for those that don't want to read further: if you want a stable
 gdm, use the version)

Time for another release of some broken code for the GNOME 2 alpha.
This time it is just tiny bit less broken then last time, but on the bright
side I'm now more clear on where it's completely screwed.  Not much new
really.  But installing this will make you feel like you're on the bleeding
edge of development.  If you are male, your chest will acquire hair and you
will get laid every night because you are so cool and run development gdm.
If you are female, you'll realize that only idiots run unstable software and
you will do the only sane thing, which is to run (and you'll be
right too).

I'm pretty sure other then english ascii languages are kind of broken, but I
haven't tried (needs some unicode action I think).  Note that it's not as
simple as this sounds.  We're sometimes writing to the console and this can
be non-utf8.  Icky, icky, icky.  Must figure this out.  If anyone understands
this bit, can they mail me, or send some code or just bitch that it doesn't
work and send me threating emails?

Also the configurator is utterly b0rk as well.  Though now it crashes after
printing out a few more warnings then in, so there is progress.

So this is an UNSTABLE release, using UNSTABLE libraries, and of course
there are no rpms.  Use if you want something that pretends to
be stable.

And now for the standard part of the release announcement:

Ahh, so you have no clue what gdm is?  Well if you've read this far ... let's
not get into that.  Gdm is GNOME Display Manager, the little daemon that lets
you log in to your computer.  It allows xdmcp multiple login displays,
selection of languages, multiple login sessions and generally is much cooler
then any xdm clone out there, mostly cuz it isn't an xdm clone to begin with.
I mean heck, it's even got a graphical configurator, so you don't have to use
the command line to hose your system anymore.


Highlights of

- All changes up to

- Fix moving of login window

- Make welcome message surrounded by <big><big><big> to make
  it ... big

- Fix usage of glade2, so that chooser now works, and gdmconfig crashes
  later in the startup then in

- Face browser now works again

- Fixed some typos and message cleanups (Kjartan Maraas)

- Updated translations (Christian Rose, Duarte Loreto, Stanislav Visnovsky,
  Zbigniew Chyla, Pablo Saratxaga, GNOME PL Team, Kjartan Maraas,
  Jarkko Ranta)

Note:  Gdm2 was originally written by Martin K. Petersen <mkp mkp net>, and
is now maintained by the Queen of England.  Although when she's not answering
her email I usually cover for her.

Note2:  If installing from the tarball do note that make install overwrites
most of the setup files, all except gdm.conf and gnomerc.  It will however
save backups with the .orig extension first.

Note3:  Distributors, packagers.  Please, PLEASE use the standard Gnome script
when setting things up as gnome, or at least equivalently working scripts.  It
should never be OK to just exec gnome-session, that is considered bad form.
The script needs to read (if available) the ~/.gnomerc and otherwise read
the <sysconfdir>/gdm/gnomerc file.  This allows users and administrators to
setup custom startup for gnome.

Note4:  Distributors, packagers.  PLEASE DO NOT PACKAGE AND DISTRIBUTE THIS
VERSION AS STABLE SOFTWARE.  It's not stable.  It's broken.  And it
runs as root.  You get the idea.


Have fun,


PS:  Life is like a box of chocolates.  If you leave it on the sun too
long and then eat the whole bit by yourself, you'll be sick.  I think
if more people realized this, the world would be a better place.  All
wars are usually caused by eating too much rotten chocolate.  Or perhaps
it was because people ate stale toasts at a Dublin pub only to throw up
in the bus station on the way to the bathroom.  I have evidence, I did
that, and there was a war.  It's all quite clear to me.

George <jirka 5z com>
   Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
                       -- Pablo Picasso

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