Use foe Other login.

Bill Davidsen davidsen at
Mon Jun 29 18:12:57 UTC 2009

Tom Horsley wrote:
> On Sun, 28 Jun 2009 21:06:17 -0500
> Aaron Konstam wrote:
>> No matter how I try I can't  see any productive use for the Other login
>> on the gdm login screen.
>> Can someone explain?
> You can click "Other" to get an actual user name field to type in so
> you can type something like "root" and then get told you are an
> idiot for logging it as root :-).
> More useful, perhaps, you can type an NIS login name which doesn't
> show up in the list of names. In fact, if you have no local logins,
> but only NIS authentication, all you see on the gdm login
> screen is: "Other..." which makes no sense at all :-).
It could be labeled "type in a user name" or similar, although few people are 
using NIS login these days. Of course some people might have hidden 
administrative logins, like 'backup' or 'dpp' (delete party pictures), for quick 

Bill Davidsen <davidsen at>
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