Anyone that wants a lightweight login manager that is easy to configure should simply install the SLiM display manager. SLiM also offers a variety of fun features, and a massive amount of extremely helpful documentation.
What Is SLiM?
The SLiM display manager is a lightweight tool that will provide users with a convenient graphical user interface that can be used to login to the desktop. The user also has the ability to customize the login window to their needs.
Use the steps found below to install the SLiM display manager on your Linux system. Additional setup may also be required on some systems.
If you use an Ubuntu based distribution you can install this display manager with the following commands.
$ sudo apt-get install SLiM
To install this display manager on Arch Linux based systems you can use the commands below.
# pacman -S slim
If you use a Gentoo based distribution this is how you can install the SLiM display manager.
emerge -av slim
This display manager offers no graphical user interface, but instead you can simply edit the config files manually.
Main Configuration File
You can find the main configuratioin file in the directory seen below.
If you are looking for the SLiM display manager theme files you can find them in the following directory.
Here are some helpful commands and options that you can use to interact with this display manager from the Linux command line.
Run this display manager using daemon mode with the command below.
$ slim -d
Use the following command to preview a selected theme when X11 is running.
$ slim -p /theme
The next command will show the Slim display manager help information.
$ slim -h
If you use the next command you can see the current display manager version information.
$ slim -v
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