ANNOUNCE: GDM (stable), the "Mad Cow" release


(If you have no clue what gdm is, skip a few paragraphs down first)

It appears that some bonehead mistakes made it into the stable tree recently
and it also appears that some bonehead mistakes were there for some time
already.  I know I promissed no more 2.4.4.x releases since was
perfect enough, but oh well.  Apparently it was even more crap then some
of the earlier releases.  So here's a fixer release.

This doesn't have any coolness of recent CVS versions.  I'll make a devel
release at some point, so that you too can be the first kid on your block
to run with these new features that no one really needs/wants.

And now for the standard part of the release announcement:

GDM is the GNOME Display Manager, it is the little proggie that runs in the
background, runs your X sessions, presents you with a login box and then
tells you to piss off because you forgot your password.  It does pretty much
everything that you would want to use xdm for, but doesn't involve as much
crack.  It doesn't use any code from xdm, and has a more paranoid and safer
design overall.  It also includes many features over xdm, the biggest one of
which is that it is more user friendly, even if your X setup is failing.  The
goal is that users should never, ever have to use the command line to
customize or troubleshoot gdm.  It of course supports xdmcp, and in fact
extends xdmcp a little bit in places where I thought xdm was lacking (but is
still compatible with xdm's xdmcp).


Highlights of

- Fixes xdmcp session counting (fixes #126465)
- The programs that want to talk to gdm check ownership of /tmp/.gdm_socket
  for added paranoia
- Fix assert failure when starting Xnest (fixes #127780)
- Time for the fail delay is in microseconds (Leena Gunda, fixes #128507)
- Translation updates (Maxim Dziumanenko, Dmitry G. Mastrukov, Russian team,
  Andras Timar, Sanlig Badral, Paul Duffy, David O'Callaghan,
  Jordi Mallach, Jordi Mas, Guntupalli Karunakar, Andras Timar)

Note:  GDM2 was originally written by Martin K. Petersen <mkp mkp net>, and
has for a while now been maintained by the Queen of England.  She is usually
not responsive to bug reports or feature requests.  You can try to send them
to me however.

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

Note3:  Note3 has been depracated ...



Sorry no RPMS.  There is a spec file included in the tarball and it should
work.  So generate an rpm with

  rpmbuild -ta gdm-whatever.tar.gz

Have fun (or whatever else you wish to be having),


PS:  Those damn canadians sending us mad cows.  I say: Blame Canada!

George <jirka 5z com>
   Let's not bicker and argue about who killed who.
                       -- Monty Python

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