ANNOUNCE: GDM2 (stable), the "Entering the Age of Aquarius" release]


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

The release of GDM2 is a minor release with a few enhancements
and bug fixes.

Interface Changes:

No interface changes cause any backwards incompatibility.

- GDM now supports more dynamic configuration.  The
  gdm daemon supports the --config option which allows
  an alternative configuration file to be supported.
  The --with-configdir configure option may also be
  used to specify a system-wide configuration location
  so the gdm.conf file can be located on a mounted
  directory.  To support machine-specific configuration,
  an existing %sysconfdir/gdm configuration file will
  override a system-wide configuration file.  Refer
  to the GDM documentation for more information.
  (Brian Cameron)

- New configuration option AlwaysLoginCurrentSession
  which will automatically switch the user to their
  previous session without asking.  This feature is
  turned off by default. (William Jon McCann)

- Now Use24Clock setting support "auto" which will
  use the system default for date/time formatting.
  (Tommi Vainikainen)

- Better backwards compatibility support for Welcome
  and RemoteWelcome.  If using an old gdm.conf (older
  than file it will not have settings for
  DefaultWelcome and/or DefaultRemoteWelcome, GDM will
  now continue to work as it did before
  (Brian Cameron)

Other Changes:

- Usability improvements to gdmsetup.  "Face Browser"
  tab renamed to "User".  Now tabs no longer have
  mnemonics, since this violates HIG.  Fixed broken
  sensitivity on the "Users" tab.  Improved labels.
  (Brian Cameron/Calum Benson)

- Support HIG style button layout in gdmlogin.
  (William Jon McCann)

- Use GTK+ themed icon stock_person before falling
  back to the DefaultFace.  (William Jon McCann)

- Usability improvements to the face browser when using
  gdmgreeter, now the background behind the userlist
  translucent.  (William Jon McCann)

- Usability improvements to gdmphotosetup, and now
  better follows HIG.   (William Jon McCann)

- New selection of face browser images.  (William
  Jon McCann)

- No longer stat or read face images from remote home
  directories.  (William Jon McCann)

- New gdmflexiserver command "GET_CONFIG_FILE" which
  will return the location of the configuration file
  being used by the daemon.  (Brian Cameron)

- Now gdmflexiserver command "GET_CONFIG" works.
  Previously it only returned a value if the value
  was set in the gdm.conf file.  Now it returns
  compiled-in default values if gdm.conf has no
  setting.  (Brian Cameron)

- Support DragonFly VT. (Joerg Sonnenberger)

- GDM configure script now Supports TCP Wrappers on Solaris.
  (Brian Cameron)

- Many string/grammar improvements. (Tommi Vainikainen,
  Brian Cameron)

- Better C89 compiler support.  (Jens Granseuer)

- Translation Improvements: Hendrik Brandt, Nikos Charonitakis,
  Pawan Chitrakar, Laurent Dhima, Raphael Higino, Theppitak
  Karoonboonyanan, Gabor Kelemen, Priit Laes, Chao-Hsiung Liao,
  Kjartan Maraas, William Jon McCann, Ankit Patel, Hendrik Richter,
  Francisco Javier F. Serrador, Alexander Shopov, Clytie Siddall,
  Terance Sola, Marcel Telka, Miloslav Trmac, Tommi Vainikainen,
  Funda Wang, Adam Weinberger, \305\275ygimantas Beru\304\215ka

Note:  GDM2 was originally written by Martin K. Petersen <mkp mkp net>, and
has at times been maintained by the Queen of England.

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 ...



No RPM this time around BTW.  Have fun.  A spec file is included though,
so you can try:

  rpmbuild -ta gdm-whatever.tar.gz

Have fun,


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