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The Linux login manager or display manager is used to handle the login procedures for the Linux desktop. If you have a login manager and a desktop environment installed on your system the login manager will load in place of the default shell after booting your system.
Display Manager Functions
The Linux desktop login manager will allow you authorise your user account for security purposes, after that your desktop session will load.
A full desktop environment is the lazy man’s approach to Linux. Most popular distributions today employ a full desktop environment, while hand selecting each component for specific purposes.
A desktop environment will usually include a session manager, a login or display manager, a window manager, a settings manager, a panel, and several great applications to get you started.
If you are looking for a fast and lightweight desktop environment try Xfce 4 today. Even the list of applications has been hand-picked for resource efficiency. The Xfce 4 desktop is designed to maximize the speed of your desktop in many ways.
About Xfce 4
This desktop environment is user-friendly and will work very well on older machines. Like other modern desktop environments Xfce 4 is highly expandable, and it comes with everything you need for day-to-day tasks.
Pacman is the standard package manager for all Arch-based systems. While its usage is actually fairly simple, it may initially throw off users who are used to the APT or RPM family of packaging tools.
Unlike apt-get or yum, where you name a utility and tell it what to do (e.g. apt-get install [package] or yum search [package]), Pacman integrates the operation into its flags, as an uppercase letter, and options as lowercase letters. For example,
If you thought the Linux desktop already had enough components, you thought wrong. The Linux session manager is an important and often overlooked part of the Linux desktop.
Session Manager Functions
Most common Linux session manager are able to keep track of running applications and can reload them for you next time you log into the desktop. You can also add individual applications and scripts that will run automatically when logging in.
This release brings big changes to Linux Mint so be ready for something different. The DVD version offers users the ability to choose between the new Gnome 3 interface with the Mint Gnome shell extensions, Gnome classic, or the new MATE desktop.
About Mint 12
Linux Mint 12 is extremely user-friendly as always, and offers all the hardware recognition and easy driver setup advantages that new Linux users will enjoy. Novice users may however be frustrated with the customization options temporarily, but that will surely develop further in upcoming releases.
Here you can learn about the tools that you can use to manage your software when using any Linux desktop. Every distribution seems to have its own software manager these days and it is difficult to keep up with them all.
Package Manager Details
There are a variety of tools that you can use to install packages, update your system, or manage your repositories. Generally alternative package managers can be used if you are not happy with the one provided with your distribution.