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Re: New display manager for GhostBSD.

Postby ericbsd » Mon May 15, 2017 8:23 am

I have already did the setup.
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Re: New display manager for GhostBSD.


Re: New display manager for GhostBSD.

Postby angus71 » Mon May 15, 2017 3:06 pm

Hi kraileth,
the greeter looks fine to me, even when there are still not all functions available on BSD.
Nice to see work in progress... :D
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Re: New display manager for GhostBSD.

Postby NevilleGoddard » Wed May 17, 2017 6:45 am

Nice work, kraileth! Just asking, but other than not being maintained, what's wrong with slim?
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Re: New display manager for GhostBSD.

Postby kraileth » Wed May 17, 2017 11:07 am

NevilleGoddard wrote:Nice work, kraileth! Just asking, but other than not being maintained, what's wrong with slim?


Looks like Eric has actually done all the work, so don't thank me for it. ;)

What's wrong with SLiM? Well, a lot actually. Yes, it's unmaintained. But the more important thing is that it is severely lacking some features that a lot of people need. If you have a non-English keyboard, you cannot use the matching keymap. It does support sessions, but let's be honest: Cyling through those by pressing F1 is less than ideal. You cannot power down or restart the machine from the display manager. It doesn't show the current time. And some people prefer to click on their username instead of having to enter it. Also it doesn't cope with multi-monitor environments or high DPI screens, either. There's probably more but that's what I can tell you off the top of my head.
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Re: New display manager for GhostBSD.

Postby ASX » Wed May 17, 2017 12:16 pm

kraileth wrote:
NevilleGoddard wrote:Nice work, kraileth! Just asking, but other than not being maintained, what's wrong with slim?


Looks like Eric has actually done all the work, so don't thank me for it. ;)

What's wrong with SLiM? Well, a lot actually. Yes, it's unmaintained. But the more important thing is that it is severely lacking some features that a lot of people need. If you have a non-English keyboard, you cannot use the matching keymap. It does support sessions, but let's be honest: Cyling through those by pressing F1 is less than ideal. You cannot power down or restart the machine from the display manager. It doesn't show the current time. And some people prefer to click on their username instead of having to enter it. Also it doesn't cope with multi-monitor environments or high DPI screens, either. There's probably more but that's what I can tell you off the top of my head.


Who said that ?
type "halt" or "reboot" (and provide the root password) and it will do!

You need an emergency terminal, type "console". ;)
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Re: New display manager for GhostBSD.

Postby kraileth » Wed May 17, 2017 5:41 pm

ASX wrote:Who said that ?
type "halt" or "reboot" (and provide the root password) and it will do!

You need an emergency terminal, type "console". ;)


You're right, forgot the possibility of halting or rebooting that way. And I didn't know the console command. Still all of that is not extremely intuitive.
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Re: New display manager for GhostBSD.

Postby NevilleGoddard » Wed May 17, 2017 7:58 pm

Also you can focus on your password when you login by editing the slim.conf file. I never enter my user name. :D I have actually dealt with the current FreeBSD maintainer. He's good. He actually fixed a bug for me in another package.
I log in with a Japanese keyboard OK.
I don't mind the change though. I'll probably like LightDM miuch better. ;)
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Re: New display manager for GhostBSD.

Postby kraileth » Thu May 18, 2017 12:14 am

NevilleGoddard wrote:Also you can focus on your password when you login by editing the slim.conf file. I never enter my user name. :D


Since I'm sharing some of my computers with my wife, that's not really an option. And while I admit that it's a bit special, our situation is even more complex: We use different keymaps - my wife the standard national one, I an ergonomic variant (think something like dvorak). Not exactly what SLiM was meant to cover. ;)
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Re: New display manager for GhostBSD.

Postby NevilleGoddard » Thu May 18, 2017 8:57 am

Just tried lightdm-greeter and it works like a charm out of the box. :D Apart from the required rc.conf editing of course.
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Re: New display manager for GhostBSD.

Postby NevilleGoddard » Thu May 18, 2017 10:44 am

I've found logout / login works much better now. It's also much faster than SLiM. The only thing that's different for me after using lightdm is my ethernet panel icon is no longer blue but grey. However internet is fine.
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