I cannot find a ppa that will install mdm on my laptop. Can anyone give a ppa and also tell me how to configure it? Because when I typed:

sudo apt-get install mdm


sudo dpkg-reconfigure mdm

there was no output! thank you people

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    can you append the output of apt-cache policy mdm in your question? – Charles Green Aug 27 '14 at 13:49
  • Here is it: mdm: Installed: (none) Candidate: 1.6.0-a~trusty~NoobsLab.com Version table: 1.6.0-a~trusty~NoobsLab.com 0 500 ppa.launchpad.net/noobslab/mint/ubuntu trusty/main amd64 Packages 0.1.3-2.1 0 500 mirror.dhakacom.com/ubuntu-archive trusty/universe amd64 Packages – Jatin Kaushal Aug 29 '14 at 10:21
  • Your system has the ppa repository installed, did you run sudo apt-get update before you attempted to install mdm? – Charles Green Aug 29 '14 at 13:15

Earlier , there was no ppa for mdm to install it in ubuntu 14+ version and recently noobslab came up with that. If you dont have time to compile it from the source , please follow the below installation procedures in the terminal.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/mint
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mdm mdm-themes

mdm-themes will have around 63 MB to download. so if are bandwidth less, please avoid mdm-themes but they are a great deal to install it. While installing the screen will reconfigure the Display Manager for you to choose. There you may choose mdm and reboot. On reboot you will see mdm but there for the first time you should select a session which is important.


First you need to add the ppa: How to add ppa repositories?

Then you might want to try this one: https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/mdm

  • But how do i install ti using this? – Jatin Kaushal Aug 29 '14 at 11:08

I think you're alluding to the Mint Display Manager?

As in: http://www.webupd8.org/2013/05/how-to-install-mdm-125-from-linux-mint.html

If yes, it doesn't seem to be available for Ubuntu 14+, and in that case, your best bet is to compile MDM from source. The source is available here: https://github.com/linuxmint/mdm

Installation instructions are not up-to-date. I might post a brief guide in this thread if the compilation proves successful and stable for me.


FYI, beware that Ubuntu 12.04 and 14.04 contain a packet
mdm (The Middleman System)
Utilities for single-host parallel shell scripting

If that's the installed packet, "there is no output" as Jatin says.

In order to have dpkg-reconfigure mdm choose the mdm display manager,
first configure the repository sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/mint
before installing mdm.
Fortunately, the mdm's version 1.x or 2.x is higher than Middleman's 0.x and the latter will be hidden by the first one.

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