XDM (display manager)

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A screenshot of an XDM login screen
Original author(s) Keith Packard
Developer(s) X.Org Foundation
Initial release October 1988 (1988-10)
Stable release
1.1.11 / September 25, 2011 (2011-09-25)[1]
Written in C, C++
Type X display manager
License MIT License

XDM (in full, the X Display Manager) is the default display manager for the X Window System. It is a bare-bones X display manager. It was introduced with X11 Release 3 in October 1988, to support the standalone X terminals that were just coming onto the market. It was written by Keith Packard.

Because of XDM's minimalism, most desktop environments tend to use later, more sophisticated display managers.

See also


  1. ^ Huddleston, Jeremy (2011-09-25). "[ANNOUNCE] xdm 1.1.11". freedesktop.org. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  • Mui, Linda & Pearce, Eric (July 1993). X Window System Volume 8: X Window System Administrator's Guide for X11 Release 4 and Release 5 (softcover) (3rd ed.). O'Reilly and Associates. ISBN 0-937175-83-8. 
  • "XDM(1) manual page". X.Org. 

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