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Posted: Jun 3 2016, 05:00 PM
Member No.: 3319
Joined: 25-December 14
I work for a company that uses Linux, and one of the continued questions is why do we need all the packages on the systems. It appears even with kde install GDM integrates a plethora of packages that we used to be able to remove using KDM. Everything I have seen is that RHEL refuses to utilize SDM or LDM or KDM and pushed GDM which causes full integration with packages not needed. I think it would be beneficial if there was a way to replace GDM with some more controllable and customizable Desktop Manager. Unfortunately we have COTS products that require GUI on the servers, and for that reason I am stuck keeping packages I cannot remove or I break either the APP or the GUI, which used to be functional when KDM was offered.
I have already opened a report with RHEL and they are unwilling to add any of the lighter weight desktop managers as GNOME is the desktop of preference. I have explained that servers should not have media players, wireless, and other apps and they need to provide a simple gui or desktop manager with gui for servers that allows for removal of those integrated components.
So I am putting out the request for help if anyone has ever replaced GDM with KDM or other that will allow streamlining the junk added by Gnome.
Posted: Jun 6 2016, 12:26 PM
Member No.: 4
Joined: 8-April 11
as bad as it sounds and as bad as it is, i think that RH removed all DMs with GDM exception from RHEL7. So i dont have any 'good' answer for you unfortunately.
You could have a look around to eg. fedora 20 and use/recompile DMs available there (like i think LDM), otherwise, you're stuck with GDM while having SL7/RHEL7.