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XDM usage and XDM installation
> > Tell me, how do I put a jpeg of Saturn on the background of a shell
> > menu?
> Why would you want to? It's just a bloody login screen to use until X is
> configured. Then you can ugly up XDM with whatever gewgaws you want.
OK, it seems we're arguing about two entirely different things:
1) Do we use XDM at all:
YES. It will be the users' primary interface to the machine when they
first boot it. It is the most elegant method available for handling
multiple users with X. Any other method is just plain silly and far too
much work to go to in order to fix something that isn't all that broken
(and Rick has already fixed the loop-o-death anyway!).
2) How long until we use XDM:
During install, X has to be configured for real (vs. for a VGA16
installer). This will likely be done in whatever environment we have
available, either VGA16 X or text mode (if VGA16 didn't work for some
Either way, once the xf86config file has been generated, the user should be
told that they are going to see either their monitor show them the success
indicator, or do backflips. An obvious goal would be to keep those
backflips from frying the monitor, hence the need for extreme caution when
configuring in the first place.
Once the user OK's the X configuration, we have the full go-ahead for XDM.
That means that before the machine is completely through the install, we're
up and ready to do XDM, meaning the very first complete boot of the machine
under SEUL will bring up a nice graphical login prompt, sitting there
patiently waiting to blow the user (and Windoze) away.
If we can agree on these two points separately (which I think we're very
close to doing) without confusing them, then we're getting somewhere. I
just keep finding that people are discussing one with arguments from the
other, and vice versa.
Erik Walthinsen <firstname.lastname@example.org> - SEUL Project system architect
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