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Old 01-22-2009, 12:10 PM
Sebastien Bacher
 
Default The new gdm is available for testing

Hi everybody,

GNOME upstream worked on a gdm code refactoring some cycles ago, the new
version is not used in ubuntu yet but it's being considered for next
jaunty+1 and it would be nice to start giving it testing now.

The upgrade plans are described on
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DesktopTeam/Specs/Jaunty/GdmUpgrade and you can
get it a first version in the desktop team ppa now.

To try it add "deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntu-desktop/ppa/ubuntu
intrepid main" to your sources.list and install gdm-new

There is some known issues:
- the new version conflicts with gdm, fast-user-switch-applet and
gdm-guest-session, those and ubuntu-desktop will be removed when you
install the new gdm version
- the new gdm has a switch user applet but it didn't get the ubuntu
changes which happened during the intrepid cycle
- the new gdm will get started directly after installation, that should
close your session but you will be switched to gdm, you can select your
current user to resume the session use though
- there is no configuration migration nor graphical tools to do changes
to the configuration
- the new version might be lacking some of the options you were using

The new version should be mostly working though and let you log in,
switch between users, suspend the computer, reboot, etc

If you do try the new version and have some comments feel free to reply
on this list, if the user feedback is good the new version will be
uploaded to universe


Sebastien Bacher


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