[xubuntu-users] slim, display manager

Charlie Kravetz cjk at teamcharliesangels.com
Mon May 31 12:44:18 UTC 2010

On Mon, 31 May 2010 13:57:20 +0200
Kaspar Kööp <meborc at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> This again boils down on what Xubuntu is here for. If we want lightweight
> OS, then slim is the way to go. If we want all the blitz and bling and be a
> ubuntu (gnome) copy with xfce, use gdm.
> I really thing Xubuntu should define it's place in the OS market. Are we
> striving for low memory machines or not?
> If not, why is abiword and gnumeric in the default install instead of full
> openoffice? If we are, slim is a good option to reduce the bloat.
> After Xubuntu has defined where it wants to fit in, we can start
> make choices based on that.
> Kaspar

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> On 31 May 2010 13:49, Charlie Kravetz <cjk at teamcharliesangels.com> wrote:
> > On Mon, 31 May 2010 08:36:20 +0300
> > Mihamina Rakotomandimby <mihamina at gulfsat.mg> wrote:
> >
> > > Manao ahoana, Hello, Bonjour,
> > >
> > > xubuntu-desktop installs gdm, even in lucid.
> > > I tested slim, but it works quite well.
> > >
> > > I think xubuntu should consider switching to it.
> > >
> > > I will _try_ to improve the slim package and see.
> > >
> > > Misaotra, Thanks, Merci.
> > >
> >
> > Why? "Works quite well" also applies to gdm.

Xubuntu has never defined itself as "for low memory systems only". It
has, however, defined it's goals. One of those is "The target audience
for Xubuntu is users who are interested in having a modestly light
weight, slim, fast desktop experience while retaining the usability and
functionality that is required to provide an easy to use desktop
environment." [1]. That is the goal of Xubuntu, and the target. With no
funding, limited developers, and limited time, Xubuntu must constantly
monitor the applications chosen, and use those requiring the least
man-hours to maintain. If changing from GDM to Slim would allow the
developers less time maintaining Slim, that could be a good move.
However, the effect on the users must also be considered. 

Charlie Kravetz 
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