Slim permits one to type the special username 'console' to popup a terminal
emulator with the login program. In the previous packages (<1.3.1) the terminal
command was set to x-terminal-emulator (cf. #499048). That was quite a bad
suggestion as it allowed a terminal like gnome-terminal to be run, which has a
feature to open new windows/tabs that instead of running login gave access to a
shell with root privileges.
On this behave, it is highly recommended to use a terminal emulator like xterm.
The new package defaults and recommends xterm again.
Thanks to Piotr Engelking for pointing out that issue (#536542).
-- Mike Massonnet <email@example.com> Tue, 21 Jul 2009 17:07:20 +0100