XDM (display manager)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is about the X Window Display Manager. XDM also refers to the XML data model used in XPath 2.0, XSLT 2.0, and XQuery
Xdm Screenshot.png
A screenshot of an XDM login screen
Original author(s) Keith Packard
Developer(s) X.Org Foundation
Initial release October 1988; 28 years ago (1988-10)
Stable release
1.1.11 / September 25, 2011; 5 years ago (2011-09-25)[1]
Written in C, C++
Type X display manager
License MIT License

XDM (in full, the X Window Display Manager) is the default display manager for the X Window System. It is a bare-bones X display manager. It was introduced with X11 Release 3 in October 1988, to support the standalone X terminals that were just coming onto the market. It was written by Keith Packard.

Because of XDM's minimalism, most desktop environments tend to use later, more sophisticated display managers.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Huddleston, Jeremy (2011-09-25). "[ANNOUNCE] xdm 1.1.11". freedesktop.org. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  • Mui, Linda & Pearce, Eric (July 1993). X Window System Volume 8: X Window System Administrator's Guide for X11 Release 4 and Release 5 (softcover) (3rd ed.). O'Reilly and Associates. ISBN 0-937175-83-8. 
  • "XDM(1) manual page". X.Org. 

External links[edit]