One thing that bothered me with some of the older versions of GDM was the fact that I couldn't place the login window anywhere I wanted on the screen. With the latest version, it as very easy. Also, I couldn't figure out how to make logos of people in the login window, and now I figured that out. The latest version of GDM is really nice and I have figured out how to configure it the way I wanted it to be configured, so I finally decided to write this article.
The danger of not using RPMs to install GDM, is the fact that I am installing a newer version of GDM on top of a GDM version which was installed by RPMs. This could cause problems if I decided to use an RPM in the future. I found an RPM version at ftp://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/stable/latest/redhat/i386/Base/gdm-2.2.0-1.i386.rpm in case you don't want to install it manually.
Three additional Steps
Browser=true SetPosition=true PositionX=100 PositionY=100 Exclude=bin,daemon,adm,lp,sync,shutdown,halt,mail,news,uucp,operator,nobody,gdm,postgres,pvm,otherlogin GlobalFaceDir=/usr/share/faces/Also, here was my Init/Default script,
#!/bin/sh /usr/X11R6/bin/xsetroot -solid "#363047" xsri -geometry +5+5 /etc/X11/xdm/Logo2.png xsri -geometry +400+5 /home/mark/public_html/wedding/wed2.jpg xsri -geometry +700+500 /home/mark/public_html/wedding/walk.jpg xsri -geometry +200+500 /home/mark/public_html/wedding/kiss.jpg xsri -geometry +5+175 /home/mark/public_html/kiss.gif xsri -geometry +5+500 /usr/local/apache_gnujobs/htdocs/images/zing.png xeyes -geometry +825+5 & xclock -digital -geometry +825+125 -update 1 & xtriangles -geometry +800+300 &In order to get logos or pictures of people on the GDM screen, I had to make the name of the image exactly the name of username and put it in /usr/share/faces/. To test this, I took my logo for ZING and copied it to "/usr/share/faces/root" like
cp /usr/local/apache_gnujobs/htdocs/images/zing.png /usr/share/faces/rootNotice that there is no extension.
I would have liked to compare KDM with GDM, but I wasn't able to easily find a recent web page for KDM. I am also waiting until I install the latest version of KDE before I mess around with KDM anyways.
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Mark works at ZING
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Published in Issue 66 of Linux Gazette, May 2001