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Not entirely true. Installing xubuntu-desktop on Ubuntu, changes the greeter (the login screen) and it takes some googling and editing config files to get back the more modern looking Unity greeter. If one cares about such details.

Fair point that. lightdm got itself installed on my Debian laptop a ways back, it's sufficiently non-annoying that I've left it be. The GNOME desktop manager bugs the crap out of me. I'm old-school enough to still somewhat like xdm, though I've used wdm (windowmaker / GNUStep) and kdm.

I interact with any of them so infrequently that it's really not a concern.

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