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qingy – a desktop manager with a difference

What is qingy?

Here’s the quote from qingy developers Quote: qingy is a replacement for getty. Written in C, it uses DirectFB to provide a fast, nice GUI without the overhead of the X Windows System. It allows the user to log in and start the session of his choice (text console, gnome, kde, wmaker, …).


  1. It works

  2. It remembers last user who logged in, with focus on password

  3. It also rememebers last session each user chose

  4. Alternatively it remembers last session on a per-tty basis

  5. Fully themable

  6. A theme will look the same on all machines, independently of the resolution

  7. You can select your favourite theme, or a random one every time

  8. Both text and X sessions are supported

  9. You can start more that one X session at once

  10. You can even start X inside a console when X sessions are already running

  11. PAM support

  12. Support for screen savers

  13. Auto log-in support

  14. Session locking support

  15. Session timeout, with lock or logout as available actions

  16. tty specific options support

  17. Customizable key bindings

  18. Text mode support

I came across qingy while browsing gentoo-wiki

Here is the gentoo-wiki qingy guide

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