GDM2 2.17.7 (unstable), the "Dharma" Release
Posted on: 02/12/2007 01:31 PM

If you have no clue what GDM is, refer to the documentation links at the bottom of this announcement.

The 2.17.7 release is an unstable release of GDM with the following
new features.

- New sockets command FLEXI_XNEST_USER and FLEXI_XSERVER_USER. This is used to start login procedure by programs like gnome-screensaver and the Fast User Switch applet. (Matthias Clasen)

- Improvements to PAM logic so that it works more generically with PAM modules. (Ludwig Nussel)

- Better fix for not showing the face browser if the userlist is empty. This avoids a needless selection "changed" signal from getting generated. (Ludwig Nussel)

- Fix so ConsoleKit logic does not use dbus-glib bindings to using the lower level API instead. Fixes bug #400793.

- Fixes for compiler warnings and for c99 compile issues. (Ludwig Nussel and Jens Granseuer)

- Avoid catching sigchld when trying to call XOpenDisplay. This corrects an issue where GDM catches a second SIGCHLD when trying to restart. This causes the slave to freeze even though the Xserver and the session are killed, causing the display to no longer manage. (Roberto Tam)

- Improvements to PAM documentation in GDM docs. (Brian Cameron and Gary Winiger)

- Translation updates (Djihed Afifi, Theppitak Karoonboonyanan, Priit Laes, David Lodge, Duarte Loreto, Daniel Nylander, St\\303\\251phane Raimbault, Hendrik Richter, Alexander Shopov)

Note: GDM2 was originally written by Martin K. Petersen lt;mkp@mkp.netgt;. Much work has been done on GDM2 by George Lebl, and Brian Cameron currently shares maintainership duties with 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 ...


Online Documentation -
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