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How to choose desktop manager

There are three main display managers to choose between: xdm, kdm and gdm.

xdm is a part of XFree86, kdm is a part of kdebase, and gdm (gdm-themes) is available as a seperate package.

Preferred displaymanager is set by the DISPLAYMANAGER in /etc/rc.conf.



The DISPLAYMANAGER variable is read by the script /etc/init.d/xdm . Add xdm to be run at boot with

  rc-update add xdm default

To start your displaymanager once,

  /etc/init.d/xdm start 

will start whatever DISPLAYMANAGER set in /etc/rc.conf

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