GNOME Display Manager (GDM) is a program which used to provide Ubuntu's graphical login screen until Ubuntu 11.10; since then it has been replaced by LightDM. You may still install it manually if you prefer, however.

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How do I add login session to gnome session (gdm) in Trusty 14.04

While lxde display manager seems to list all the window managers I have on its initial splash screen the one for gdm lists only a small number. I would like to add selection desktops which are seen ...
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Upgrade to 14.04 results in system without desktop environment

Yesterday I had a perfectly stable and responsive ubuntu 12(.10?) on my dell xps3. I made the mistake to say yes to the update to 14.04. Installation went fine, but after reboot I was looking at 5 ...
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Is restarting lightdm likely to cause any serious problems?

I frequently mess things up and I have to restart the computer. Recently, I started restarting lightdm / gdm, as it is quicker. Is that a sensible thing to do? I use the following command (in tty): ...
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Do logins by the gdm (or lightdm) user in auth.log mean my system is breached?

Please look at this auth.log (from Ubuntu 14.04) I have provided and tell me who this gdm user is and why there are all these unauthenticated logins? I am freaked out; please help! Here's the ...
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Starting gdm (manually or during boot) doesn't do anything

At my wit's end here! I can't get gdm to run. Not just not at boot-time, but at all. There's no error message. tty7 stays blank. It doesn't seem to attempt to start an X server. It doesn't log ...
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Change GDM in ubuntuGNOME 14.04.1

I've been searching the web and can't figure out how to do this, only that I can do this. I recently installed a fresh install of the ubuntu GNOME 14.04 flavor and love it so far, especially with all ...
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ubuntu 12.04 to 14.04 distribution upgrade pauses “configuring lightdm” … “Default display manager:” gdm, lightdm

Apologies if I overlooked this in the docs somewhere. Let me document something just incase it was missed. My upgrade from 12.04 to 14.04 pauses on a package configuration. The first time I did ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 freezes when switching to lightdm

I was changing the theme in my Ubuntu 12.04 to Mac OS theme, constantly installing, logging in and out, rebooting when trying to fix things along the way. While I was doing a reboot, it froze, for the ...
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why is gdm not starting automatically?

I am running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with all updates. At some point I experienced some trouble with LightDm, so after reading up on AskUbuntu I switched to GDM. No problems, except that I cannot get GDM to ...
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Only visible spaces seen?

I recently converted Ubuntu to Ubuntu GNOME by removing Unity and installing GNOME from the repositories and removed LightDM too. My account was working, but the rest of the family user accounts are ...
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Installing Gnome 3, should I use gdm or lightdm?

I'm currently using Xubuntu 14.04 and I wanted to try out Gnome 3, so i started installing it, and during the installation it is asking me what display manager should I use by default: gdm or lightdm. ...
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How to autostart synergy on ubunutu 14.04?

I am using synergy to share mouse and keyboard. I would like it to start automatically and have used the tutorial for this here. I am new to ubuntu and cannot find this menu: System Menu > ...
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How to chabge GDM Login theme in ubuntu 12.04 lts

I have ubuntu 12.04 lts and I changed my login screen to GDM by typing sudo apt-get install gdm how do I change the theme in ubuntu 12.04? I downloaded a theme using gnome-look.org. Where do I ...
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Ubuntu Gnome 14.04, change resolution on GDM login screen/system wide?

Under Ubuntu Gnome 14.04, Gnome 3.12, I'm running with a different from my maximum resolution. After login, the resolution is set fine, and when I log in after locking the machine, the resolution is ...
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default-display-manager error

I was using gnome desktop manager, then I changed the file ./etc/X11/default-display-manager to nothing, so the login would be made via command line. The problem is that there's a file created in ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 start too slow but shutdown too fast

How do I do speed up Ubuntu like in this link - Disable service: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=89491 Bootchart
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GDM and Lightdm don't work after update; KDM is ok

After updating Ubuntu (apt-get update, apt-get upgrade and apt-get dist-upgrade) last Tuesday, GDM stopped working, and the startup hangs on the Ubuntu logo. Lightdm also don't work (same happens). If ...
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What does “unknown code ovk 48” mean?

When I log in after update from 13.10 to 14.04, lightdm and gdm display unknown code ovk 48, I can log in without problems (lightdm requires that I press return after the message is displayed). ...
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Why gnome desktop won't start after I log in? After installing Variety.

I'm using gnome 3.10 on ubuntu 14.04, with gdm as my default login manager. Also, numix-gtk-theme and numix circle icon pack. For whatever reason, sometimes my system stops detecting wifi (even if ...
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How to get Gnome Shell to remember my display preferences?

I have a laptop. When I'm using just the laptop, I want to use the display (well, yeah, obviously) but when I plug in my monitor, I want to just use that monitor, not both screens. Every time I boot ...
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upgrade to 14.04 added lightdm to server edition

The update from 13.10 to 14.04 using do-release-upgrade seems to have added lightdm to my computer. On top of that, lightdm wasn’t even set up properly, nor do I want it set up. I prefer not to use ...
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14.04 Trusty Tahr LIghtDM No way to switch session

I installed Trusty on my laptop. I like Gnome Shell more than Unity. So I installed Gnome Shell via Software Centre. I have LightDM 1.10.0 installed on my system. Unlike the previous version it ...
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There is no /etc/gdm directory?

I'm using ubuntu 13.10 and trying to add some startup scripts to gdm login screen. I found 4 places in documentation of gdm to do so: /etc/gdm/Init /etc/gdm/PostLogin /etc/gdm/PreSession ...
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GDM is not showing all my available shells after upgrade to 14.04

I upgraded Ubuntu to 14.04. I have around 15 or so shells installed (unity, gnome, mate, lubuntu, cinnamon, chromium os, and a bunch of other random ones) On 13.10, I could see all of them with a ...
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lightdm doesn't start

Today when I started Ubuntu, it didn't start lightdm, showing a black screen. I changed to console Ctrl-Alt-F1 and tried to start lightdm manually sudo start lightdm It threw me to the graphic ...
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Can't switch between lightdm and gdm

I installed Ubuntu Studio 13.10 from a minimal CD, and then upgraded to 14.04. But since the cd install, I have been trying to change from gdm to lightdm. I have tried sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm, sudo ...
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MDM is Not Saving Session Data .dmrc file

Am trying to replace LightDM with MDM in 13.10. Am able to install and configure MDM, but when I go to login the system tells me that the .dmrc file is being ignored. Initially there was no .dmrc ...
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GDM & Lightdm Not Working After xorg configured

I have an R9 280X set up & it was previously running successfully. Recently I installed latest drivers (both the beta & stable - not at same time) and ran the command. sudo amdconfig ...
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How can I enable screenlock without turning off the monitor? (Ubuntu Gnome 14.04)

Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 When locking the screen, my monitor/screen turns off immediately. I don't want that to happen immediately, more like after 30 minutes or so. Is that possible?
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Multi display issue with Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 [closed]

Fresh install of Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 with 3 displays (fglrx driver). I can correct the screens order in System Settings / Display but it is not saved when I close the session and reopen it. Screens ...
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How do I get lightdm to log me in when it freezes on Ubuntu 14.04?

I'm on Ubuntu 14.04 (somehow) and lightdm doesn't let me log in after I enter my password so I'm using gdm. gdm works fine. What happens is the password field disappears and I can't click on guest ...
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X keeps restarting without getting to login screen

I am running Ubuntu 13.10 in my PC. Two days ago, oneconf crashed while I was working and I had to restart the computer. Since then, I haven't been able to go past the black screen to the login ...
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how to boot system normally [duplicate]

I have serious problem with my ubuntu system. Yesterday, I installed gdm and set it default display manager, when I rebooted grub menu display I boot to normal boot but only black screen show.Please ...
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Black Screen appear after set default display manager gdm [duplicate]

Yesterday i install gdm and set it default display manager then l notice ubuntu is running but there is several lines appear on desktop when i want to shutdown system after i powered off system and ...
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Can't login to Ubuntu Gnome 13.10. Login screen doesn't appear

I had been using Ubuntu Gnome for over 3 months now, without any issues. Today, when I tried to boot the os, I couldn't see the login screen. Instead, it shows the Screen with Gnome logo and it isn't ...
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GDM resolution changed when screen lock

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 and GDM. However, when the system is idled for a while, it eventually ends up to lock screen. And the resolution is changed to lower resolution when I login again. I need ...
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Blank screen when trying to connect to VNC

I've installed on my VPS machine VNC-GNOME to remote access the graphical system so I've my Ubuntu (V 13.10) and I did this steps but I'm getting blank screen every time I'm trying to login This is ...
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Ubuntu GNOME 13.10 Unresponsive Login Screen/GDM

I am currently using Ubuntu GNOME 13.10, and I have hardly used it yet. I have installed a couple basic programs off of the Software Center, but nothing much. However, now, whenever my computer boots ...
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New windows open below visible one

Every time a new window is opened, gnome likes to force it below the current one so I have to go to the taskbar and restore it. I can tolerate a lot of stuff but I open new windows way too often ...
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Display issue on remote machine using GDM X11

I am remotely logging into an Ubuntu machine through SSH(MobaXterm) using Gnome desktop remote environment from my Windows PC. I am having trouble with one of our video applications in displaying ...
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Stuck at boot screen 12.04

I tried to install a lightdm greeter theme but after dissapointing results I chose to try gdm instead, which prety much reconfigured my desktop theme, so I chose to remove them both. Since the last ...
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Awesome does not create listing in gdm

I have installed awesome desktop from the terminal using apt-get. But it does not create a listing in the gdm during login. Is there any way to create a listing in gdm? Also I am not able to edit ...
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All display managers boot into Gnome Classic (No effects)

I've tried both gdm and lightgdm but no matter what I do, I get logged in to Gnome Classic (No Effects). The terminal's transparency is a nuisance here and I completely do not want to work on anything ...
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Forgot to install login screen after removing unity and installing kubuntu-desktop

First I must admit that I did something really stupid. I de-installed unity from my ubuntu 12.04 LTS to install kubuntu-desktop as I wanted to try out a different desktop environment. The problem is ...
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Stuck at login screen, help

i've ubuntu 13.10 , when i write my password , ubuntu wait for 3-4 seconds and then show the login page again this error didn't happen after updates, i'm still working to find many solutions but they ...
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GDM Autologin not working..

I removed lightdm since I was not able to login as it was booting to a blank screen. Hence I installed GDM and everything was fine. Now when I try to use the Autologin option through GUI interface and ...
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login screen not displayed after logout

I'm running Ubuntu Gnome 13.10 and I'm having the following problem. After booting my computer, gdm displays as expected and I can choose which account to log in to. However, if I then log out, I do ...
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Can't load GDM or Gnome

I've been using Ubuntu Gnome 13.10 for about 2 weeks without issue, but today, after restarting my PC, it got stuck on the Gnome splash screen. I managed to load my login screen by switching to ...
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black screen on booting

I've been working with Ubuntu on my lenovo for awhile. after heavy using I started to face the black screen when I reboot. Cursor at the top left blinking with the sound of rebooting. I still see the ...
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Ubuntu Precise — suspend wedges GDM — help!

I've been a very happy Ubuntu user for many years, and worked my way past any number of problems, but I've never seen anything like this. Recently I got a new machine and installed 12.04 Precise on ...