[xubuntu-users] New to Xubuntu: but I'm a startx user. how do I ditch the gui login???

Arthur Johnson arthur.johnson at gmail.com
Fri Feb 19 20:59:26 UTC 2010

On Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 2:11 PM, Lionel Le Folgoc <mrpouit at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> On Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 09:21:36AM -0500, Arthur Johnson wrote:
>> On Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 9:03 AM, Joe(theWordy)Philbrook <jtwdyp at ttlc.net> wrote:
>> Xubuntu really needs to switch to SLiM when Lucid drops.  GDM is
> Slim doesn't support .desktop session files in /usr/share/xsessions,
> only sessions hardcoded in slim.conf, and always defaults to 'default'
> session instead of the previous selected one (e.g. 'startxfce4'), which
> can create inconsistencies with custom XDG dirs… It may also have issue
> with <whatever>kit (probably consolekit, as I'm not sure it uses
> ck-launch-session). So the switch to slim is rather unlikely to happen
> (maybe lxdm when it'll be less hacky).

That does kinda stink, thats why I ran:

sudo update-alternatives --config x-session-manager

and selected my default session.

>> wicked heavy now, it even loads metacity, session stuff, and other
>> desktop applications, just for a login screen!  I find that pretty
> It will work fine if they are not installed. You can even use this gdm
> with xfce4-settings, xfwm4 and xfce4-power-manager instead (that's what
> Xubuntu does in karmic).

I would like to know how to set gdm2 up to use xfce components.  That
would be a neat experiment.

>> unacceptable.  And if you don't have GNOME installed it will interfere
>> with mouse operations after login, which I discovered when trying to
>> install GDM on a cli only Ubuntu with just XFCE installed.
> How so? I don't see any bug report related to that for Xubuntu (and I
> don't have any mouse issue without Gnome).

I installed a command line Ubuntu using the alternate installer.  Then
I installed just xorg, xfce4, and gdm along with a few other packages
I needed.  I rebooted and logged in with GDM and I couldn't press
buttons, menus (like the xfce menu in the panel) wouldn't stay open,
the screen would freeze up until I moved the mouse, stuff like that.
On a lark, I installed SLiM and the problems went away.

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