http://segfault.linuxmint.com/2013/09/m ... 10-pounds/
clem wrote:Originally it was designed as GDM in 2007. At the time features which mattered (XDMCP, Xnest, Solaris support) don’t matter much anymore and new aspects have become very important (Interactive/dynamic UI, user switching, KISS setup tools, simple design).
And you know what's ironic? Back in the old days, the old version of GDM (2.20) has been chosen as a base for MDM (instead of the newer GDM3) because... it was more configurable
I actually don't care much about it. When they started pushing MDM I've searched a little and discovered LightDM. It allowed me to enable user auto-selection and only type my password to login, something MDM couldn't do at that time. So I switched to LightDM and I still use it. Its GTK greeter is nice and simple, it didn't change much since then, and that's good for me.
But when I saw that blog post on Segfault, I found the irony amusing. All that work on GDM legacy code... a lot of talk about how cool MDM is because it's so customizable... and then - bam - this big cleanup.
"Guys, you could just choose LightDM from the beginning, then add your fancy HTML theming to it, and save a lot of time and work", I thought. I haven't said anything in the comments though: what done is done.