Graphical Display Managers

Scott slewin at
Sun Apr 27 13:32:36 UTC 2008

Michael wrote:
> What is the difference between GDM/KDM/XDM?
GDM is the Gnome Desktop Manager and it is GTK based which is community 
based.  KDM is the K Desktop Manager (Kubuntu), it is Qt based which is 
designed by a company called Trolltech that haves released QT as open 
source.  XDM is the Xfce Desktop(Xubuntu) which is a lightweight open 
source desktop.

> What is the difference
> between typing KDM/GDM/XDM at the command prompt and typing startx at
> the command prompt?
What I think it means, and I am no expert :), is if you type "startx" 
you get the default login and if you type a specific manager you get 
that specific manager.

Your friend,

Sent to you from a Linux computer using Kubuntu Version 8.04

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