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Ubuntu 11.10 To Switch From GDM To LightDM 236

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dkd903 writes "Earlier, during the Natty development cycle we reported that LightDM is being considered as a replacement for GDM. That did not happen for Ubuntu 11.04, but today it has been confirmed at the Ubuntu Developer Summit at Budapest that LightDM is finally replacing GDM in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric."
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Ubuntu 11.10 To Switch From GDM To LightDM

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  • Unity Vista(tm) [newstechnica.com] is Canonical’s response to the GNOME 3 shell, which uses 1 gigabyte of RAM and four processor cores to exquisitely render a single button in the centre of the screen in beautifully anti-aliased text; when pressed, GNOME tells the user to switch off the computer and do something useful with their life, such as showering.

    “This was just not up to the user expectations of Canonical’s vision of the desktop,” said Mark Shuttleworth, from his castle high on a crag in West London. “So we added a ‘minimise’ button too.”

    Design is at the centre of Shuttleworth’s roadmap for Unity Vista. “I woke up one day and thought, ‘Gosh, I’d really like to make using my universal general-purpose computer that I can do ANYTHING with feel like I’m using a locked-down three-year-old half-smart phone through the clunky mechanism some l33t h@xx0r used to jailbreak it, I can’t think of a better user experience.’ We’re not quite there yet, but this gets Unity a lot of the way.”

    Shuttleworth foresees an exciting future for Linux for the general Internet user. “It’ll be a whole world of Linux devices, which millions of people will use all the time, everywhere! Of course, at the moment those are called ‘phones’ and run Android.”

  • by 0123456 (636235) on Thursday May 12, 2011 @02:27PM (#36109974)

    when pressed, GNOME tells the user to switch off the computer and do something useful with their life, such as showering.

    But does not actually provide a shut down option, because that might confuse users too much.

  • > But does not actually provide a shut down option, because that might confuse users too much.

    Ah, but if you are one of the advanced users (who GNOME wishes would just take the hint and switch to another desktop) who insist on a shutdown option, you can go read the arcane lore on a blog that describes in perfect detail how to download a non-supported third party plugin that will add a shutdown option. Of course the blog post isn't easy to find on Google and documents a procedure that doesn't quite work right with the current release and the link to the actual download is now a 404 error with herbal viagra adverts on it.

  • by hedwards (940851) on Thursday May 12, 2011 @04:13PM (#36111528)

    Wait, GDM has minesweeper _and_ solitaire?

  • by icebraining (1313345) on Thursday May 12, 2011 @05:09PM (#36112194) Homepage

    I really like Unity, too. It got me to finally try Xfce, and I'm very happy with the change.

    As said by Groucho Marx:

    "I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."

What ever you want is going to cost a little more than it is worth. -- The Second Law Of Thermodynamics

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