KDE Display Manager

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KDE Display Manager
Developer(s) KDE
Written in C, C++
Operating system BSD, Linux, Solaris, other Unix-like
Type X display manager
License GPL
Website kde.org

KDE Display Manager (KDM) is a display manager (a graphical login program) developed by KDE for the windowing systems X11 and Wayland.

KDE Display Manager is the standard display manager of the KDE Software Compilation. It is based on the source code of X display manager.[1]

KDM allows the user to choose a desktop environment and/or window manager at login. KDM uses the Qt application framework. It is configurable via KDE's System Settings; its appearance can be customized by the user.

The default KDM login screen has a list of users. Each entry comprises the user's username, personal name (if available), and an icon. Next to the list is a greeting and a picture. One of the customization options is to replace the picture with an analog clock. From this screen the user can also run a user management tool, shut down or reboot the computer, or restart the X Window System.

KDE Plasma 5 retired KDM as the default display manager in favor of SDDM.[2]

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  1. ^ Smith, Roderick W. (2009). CompTIA Linux+ Study Guide. Indianapolis, Indiana: Wiley Publishing, Inc. p. 28. ISBN 978-0-470-50384-3. 
  2. ^ Larabel, Michael (3 November 2014). "SDDM Is The Recommended Display Manager Of KDE Plasma 5". Phoronix. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 

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