How to switch from LightDM to GDM or any other display manager on Antergos or Arch Linux

Hey guys. Sorry that I have not added any content in such a long time, but I have been extremely busy with school and life. Anyways, I switched to Arch Linux not long ago, and decided to use Antergos to make my life easier. The theming was good, as well as the pre-installed applications, but there was something that bugged me all the time about the pre-sets, and it was the use of LightDM as the default display manager. Personally I like GDM better because it goes staight to the point, and also, I was having a problem where LightDM will hang completely, to the point I had to restart my computer every time I locked my computer. So, I decided to switch it completely. Here its how you can switch from LightDM to GDM:

First, install GDM:
# pacman -S gdm

Disable LightDM:
# systemctl disable lightdm

Enable GDM:
# systemctl enable gdm

Restart in order to test that everything went fine, and that’s it. If you would like to go back to LightDM, here its how to do it:

First, disable GDM:
# systemctl disable gdm

If you want to uninstall GDM, use the command:
# pacman -R gdm

Enable LightDM:
# systemctl enable lightdm

There, you go, that is pretty much it. I would like to plug the people at Viva Antergos for writing the original source. I was born and raised in a Spanish speaking country so I was able to translate their article, which you can access by clicking the link below:

There you go, and just a reminder that you can use this tutorial for any other display manager by switching GDM for another one, such as KDM. I wrote this tutorial in like 10 minutes, so if you find any errors, please let me know, I really appreciate it. Also, if this tutorial helped you, don’t forget to share it or just leave a comment below.

Note: This post originally posted on March 20, 2015 on my old website. To view the original post, click this link.

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