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Bug#34074: xdm login loop failure has happend to a newbie

On Thu, Mar 04, 1999 at 08:42 (+0900), sharkey@ale.physics.sunysb.edu wrote:
> > That's a valid POV.  I am happy to close the bug.  But I'd like to hear from 
> > <debian-testing> folks.  Because if the consensus is that xdm should not be
> > installed for the standard profiles, I don't think it's too late to fix this.


> Since you asked....
> I don't think xdm belongs installed unless the user specifically requests it.
> xdm serves two purposes.  One is the ability to manage displays on network
> terminals.  Any user attempting to set this up should already be familiar
> with Linux.  It's not the type of thing most new users want to do.
> The other is the graphical login which automatically starts X for all users.
> This provides zero functionality, it's just eye candy.
> Personally, I find xdm to be a great pain when a system isn't broken in yet.
> I can handle it, though, but from the point of view of a newbie, we need
> to weigh "Linux didn't have a graphical login." against "I couldn't get linux
> to run on my system at all!".  I think having 50 of the former makes up
> for avoiding 1 of the latter.
> I vote for taking xdm out of the default profiles, and no, I don't think it's
> too late, either.
> Eric
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