KDM plans and lightDM

Alexander Neundorf neundorf at kde.org
Tue Jun 14 16:44:33 BST 2011

On Monday 13 June 2011, Tom Gundersen wrote:
> Hi Alex,
> On Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 9:10 PM, Alex Fiestas <afiestas at kde.org> wrote:
> > For the experts: Does lightDM feel nice as a cross-desktop solution? is
> > it good enough?
> I cannot speak to the suitability of lightDM as a KDM replacement.
> However, I just wanted to point to a couple of discussions about this
> from gnome-land (as one of the aims was to be cross-desktop)[1,2].
> As to power management: I never quite understood why the power
> management policy daemons are implemented inside the DE's. Shouldn't
> this be a system-wide daemon, that could be controlled from the DE's
> (similarly to what Network Manager is for networking)? This would give
> reasonable power management also when logged in from the console, or
> as your example illustrates, not logged in at all (at the console or
> in the DM).

I think so too.
This should be a system-wide setting, since it very much influences a system-
wide thing.
E.g. I don't know what happens if two users are logged in to one laptop (this 
happens in reality), and they have different power management settings.

Somehow (at least with SUSE 11.2...11.4) my laptop also never suspends on 
closing the lid while the screensaver is active, it only suspends on closing 
the lid if the screensaver is not active. Is this maybe for a similar reason ?


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