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Thanks go to the following people for help with information and proof reading of the document.
Scot W Stevenson for the original X teriminal mini-howto document, from 1995, on which some of the material for the section on advanced xdm-config configurations was obtained.
Members of the Northants LUG, UK for proof reading the document.
The writers of the XDM, Xserver man pages and the default XDM scripts.
Everyone who commented on the earlier versions, including Neil Zanella, Rafael Herrera, Paul Hornshaw, Clive Jones, Robert de Geus, Alex Schenkman, Richard Kaszeta, Malcolm Herbet
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I probably ought to mention some details about the following at some point ...
Debugging problems with XDM.
Replacements for XDM - ie KDM and GDM.
Integration with other Unix and Windows
FAQs and common mistakes