I would like to know the easiest and most straight forward way to to install the SLiM login manager. hopefully through terminal, but I am not fussy how I install it correctly as long as it works.

I am using ubuntu 12.04 and slim login manager is a very lightweight login manager, with some connections to both awesome and DWM window manager.

  • You might want to explain briefly what that is, and why you need/want it...
    – Thomas Ward
    May 29, 2012 at 19:56
  • you should add your ubuntu version - if its 11.10 or later, you need to be aware of this Q&A: askubuntu.com/questions/80004/…
    – fossfreedom
    May 29, 2012 at 19:56
  • i have just added the additional information.
    – J.Hunter
    Jun 2, 2012 at 10:47

1 Answer 1


Install slim:

sudo apt-get install slim

If you change your mind later, and want to fall back to the default login manager back:

Ubuntu 11.04 and later:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure lightdm

Before Ubuntu 11.04:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm
  • But be aware, as fossfreedom commented, it's probably not a wise idea to use this login manager :) May 29, 2012 at 21:32

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