What on earth is this?

A new day a new surprise.
After entering the LUKS password (with vibration still),
The next screen appears for a second before the the login page comes on.

Where is this page hiding itself and how does it appear when booting the phone?
Thank you all!

that looks like cut of version of the normal login screen from gnome before you are asked for the password. Imagine pressing back on this screen just with a nice coffee mug as user picture

I started seeing that, too, a couple of weeks ago. On a computer, you would see that first, enter your password, or choose a different user, before proceeding. Since there is only one user on the L5, I imagine this was set to just advance to the password screen automatically, but was previously hidden from view. No biggie.



I’ve been seeing that login screen flash for a few seconds during startup since the beginning, with the default “Librem5” user (I haven’t changed my username yet). I just assumed it was a loose end legacy from desktop that hadn’t been tidied-up yet. Are you all saying that you’ve just started seeing this now?

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For me it started 3 days ago!

To clarify: that’s since October 2021.

It appeared for me after installing some app like librem5-goodies (on Amber no problem, but on Byzantium yes). I had to reflash my l5 to fix it. I had the impression that the boot took longer, but maybe I was wrong.

That’s gdm, GNOME’s login manager, a beautiful piece of free software. You must have installed it as a dependency of some other application (likely that app depended on something that then in turn depended on something that then depended on gdm - the wonders of Debian… err… PureOS).

If you want to uninstall/investigate why it was installed, open the terminal app and run

sudo apt remove gdm3

and it will likely tell you, which software packages require gdm to be installed.


Thank you!

I am not sure if it is safe to delete all that because I have no clue to what is directly related to the boot sequence.

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In this case, maybe the question to ask is: Are there L5 out there booting without gdm3?

This was discussed in very related earlier thread: Byzantium configuration, therefore finding it helpful. Also apt info gdm3 will show you clearly on why this package is not recommended on Librem 5. Just type: Yes (after: sudo apt purge gdm3), don’t close your eyes and hit Enter key (now you may close your eyes). Followed by: sudo apt autoremove, type: Yes, don’t close your eyes (not yet) and hit Enter key.


Let’s settle on only one eye closed!🫣
Thank you very much :pray:

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Sudo apt autoremove (app name)?
Purge before autoremove?

So…. with one eye open I pressed the Enter button and the screen disappeared after the reboot!
Thank you very much!
Problem solved.


So, I removed gdm3 also, and it fixed my startup process (no desktop splash screen). Interestingly, when I sudo apt removed it, it didn’t reveal any dependencies, so it was probably installed for something I had installed and subsequently removed very early in having my phone. I can’t for the life of me think what that might have been, though.

Did you use sudo apt autoremove?

there were no dependencies, so there was no need?

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