KDM plans and lightDM

Alex Fiestas afiestas at kde.org
Wed Jun 15 11:08:12 BST 2011

On Wednesday, June 15, 2011 08:20:35 AM todd rme wrote:
> There seems to be an implicit assumption here that if we are going to
> go the cross-desktop route it would have to be LightDM that we pick.
> But if KDM is already pluggable enough that you can easily rip out the
> GUI and write and entire new one from scratch, and (as best as I can
> tell) already hs most of the features lightDM wants to add, why
> shouldn't we basing the cross-desktop DM on KDM instead of LightDM?
Because at least until I sent the email, everybody thought that KDM was in 
"maintenance" mode, meaning only bug fixing. lightDM instead is kick'in hard 
and is trying to be cross-platform as possible and they're at least 
advertising it as such.
Also, to make something cross-platform you need developers wanting to do the 
job, willing to give support etc. Are KDM developers available for that? I'm 
truly wondering it don't take my words as retorical or something like that.

> I gather from the discussion that most, if not all, the features that
> KDM still needs are also lacking in LightDM, while KDM has lots of
> features LightDM does not.  So if we are talking about wasted
> resources, wouldn't it waste far fewer resources to add those new
> features and add the Gnome-centric bits in KDM than to add the new
> features, old features, gnome-centric bits, and KDE-centric bits in
> LightDM?
Again, is there anybody willing to do the job? it is always about that...

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