I'm trying to find a decent display manager like wdm, but not as outdated, and not as time consuming to configure as xdm. SLiM seemed to be the best choice. Of course gdm is the default on Gnome and Xfce.
Whenever GDM is removed (or maybe changed to another default one too--I'm not sure yet), permissions of the normal user(s), not the root user, are denied on specific occasions and for specific things. NetworkManager and other daemons do not work. Also, I had to explicitly use gksu(do) because privilages aren't invoked. Finally, when I log out, and recieve the logout prompt, I cannot hibernate, suspend, reboot, or shutdown. I could only logout. I'm using the Xfce version, but I thought that would apply to the Gnome version too.
So I just install SLiM, xdm or whatever next to gdm; it works fine. I was wondering if I can do this without gdm and just use getty and not gdm as my backup user login.
What I would really like to see is a highly customizable ncurses display manager. Especially since I would just use a black background. I'm not sure if one exists.
Yes, slim is available in the Debian repositories. It's good for what it is. I just prefer the dropdown menu of WINGs for changing sessions.
Well, if an ncurses one does not exist, maybe I will just have to make one