Sunday, July 19, 2009

GDM Timed Login

The Gnome Display Manager(GDM) is the graphical login program for Gnome Desktop environment. It is being completely rewritten, one of its goals is to provide better accessible login support.

The latest version of GDM has been uploaded into Ubuntu Karmic and is under active testing. There are few issues to be ironed out before we can have a fully accessible login with orca screen reader and magnifier. Until then I advice the blind gnu/Linux users to use GDM timed login.

Add the following lines to your /etc/gdm/custom.conf file to enable GDM timed login. Replace 'user' with your username.
[daemon] AutomaticLoginEnable=true AutomaticLogin=user TimedLoginEnable=true TimedLogin=user TimedLoginDelay=10
Please note that the configuration of GDM has moved away from previously single configuration file /etc/gdm/gdm.conf . As of now you can't use the graphic gdmsetup to configure GDM.

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