Written by rubenverweij the 29 May 10 at 08:19.
In many cases, a computer has only one user. Before logging in, you have to press Enter to select your user name, even if you're the only user on the computer. It's not that much of a problem, but it would be nice if that user is automatically selected for login so that you can immediately start to type in your password.
Yes, let's please add this. The new GDM is insane with things like this. Also of note is how you have to hit he "login" button before you can type in your username if you turn off the user list. Really? Why not just give us the username box to begin with??
Maybe I'm misunderstanding part of the question, but it is entirely possible to have the computer log you on automatically. How do I know? Because that's what I use at the moment. I'm honestly not sure how to do this, but I doubt it would take much poking around to find the setting. It's definitely not third-party; I enabled it while installing ubuntu.
The idea isn't about autologin -- it's about automatically selecting the user name on the user list. That way you can still have a password prompt to login, but don't have to hit enter first each time.
To "select the user automatically if there's only one" would be much more intuitive. That's how it works on other interfaces, people are used to this behavior. Most newbies using Ubuntu doesn't understand right away that they need to select the only user available.
Conclusion : I strongly support this change, it would improve usability. :-)