GDM2 2.18.1 (stable), the "Yisi" Release
Posted on: 04/09/2007 11:52 AM

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

The 2.18.1 release is a stable release of the GNOME Display Manager (GDM) program with the following bug fixes and improvements:

- The GDM configuration option daemon/PidFile is now deprecated and GDM now always uses /var/run/ The location can be configured at compile time with the configure --with-pid-file option. This fixes bug #162849. (William Jon McCann)

- Now GDM supports Xephyr as the Nested Xserver command. GDM will use Xephyr by default if it is on the system, and fallback to Xnest. Xephyr works much better than Xnest. (Brian Cameron)

- GDM application desktop files now use the correct categories, so the menu choices should appear in the correct place in the menu. (Brian Cameron)

- Remove the userlist from the circles and happygnome themes since this was causing problems for some users. This change will go into 2.20 where we are fixing the problem better by fixing gdmsetup to support setting the configuration so that gdmlogin and gdmgreeter work the same way with the Browser key.

- Now gdmgreeter has an ATK label for the entry field. (David Zeuthen)

- Fix check so language combo style works. Fixes bug #423063. (Simon)

- Now "Configure GDM" menu choice is not available when accessibility is turned on since running gdmsetup in this configuration causes GDM to hang. Until the hanging bug is fixed, it's better to not allow the user to get into this situation. (Brian Cameron)

- Now support XnestUnscaledFontPath configuration option, which allows GDM to work with Xnest. Xorg 7.2 XGetFontPath function now returns fontpath with the ":unscaled" prefix, which Xsun Xnest cannot handle. Setting XnestUnscaledFontPath=false, will strip the ":unscaled" prefix from the fontpath so that it can work. (Brian Cameron)

- GDM daemon no longer links with D-Bus if ConsoleKit is not enabled. (William Jon McCann)

- Translation updates (Takeshi AIHANA, Jakub Friedl, Leonardo Ferreira Fontenelle, Pema Geyleg, Priit Laes, Kjartan Maraas, Inaki Larranaga Murgoitio, Kostas Papadimas, Ignacio Casal Quinteiro, Hendrik Richter, Changwoo Ryu, Claudio Saavedra)

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 now 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 ...


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