How to CHANGE LOGIN or GDM SCREEN in Ubuntu 10.04 ""Lucid Lynx" | 9.10

The default appearance of the Login Manager (GDM) in Ubuntu 10.04-9.10  does not gel with the desktop. In this article we are goin to tweak the settings using gnome terminal. And as of right now Its easy switch themes the way you used to do in earlier versions of ubuntu. Follow the methods below.

1. Install gdm2setup Utility for Ubuntu-

GDM2setup is a login interface management utility. You can use it to change your GDM. It allows you to set a wallpaper/picture as login background and change the autologin option, prompted or userlist login.Do as described below.

>>To add a gdm2setup to your Synaptic Package Manager open a Terminal window (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal) and copy and paste the following line in the terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gdm2setup/gdm2setup

>>To install gdm2setup: copy and paste the following lines in terminal:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install python-gdm2setup

>>gdm2setup will now update automatically (along with other packages and dependencies)

>>After terminal installation is over, open gdm2setup under System -> Administration -> Login Screen(GDM2Setup)..

Enjoy :) OR

2. The command line basic method..for Ubuntu 9.10


Lets make a few changes as given below.Here we have used the theme egtk and related background. Unfortunately, there seems to be no alternative or automatic way to change the appearance of GDM, but one can do so manually.



Now How to change:


sudo-u gdm gconftool-2 - set - type string - set / desktop / gnome / background / picture_filename  / usr / share / backgrounds / <Background>

GTK Theme:

sudo-u gdm gconftool-2 - set - type string - set / desktop / gnome / interface / gtk_theme <GTK theme>

Icon Theme:

sudo-u gdm gconftool-2 - set - type string - set / desktop / gnome / interface / icon_theme <icon theme>

GTK and icon theme are placed in these folders:

/ usr / share / themes /

/ usr / share / icons / 

For making major changes in your theme please visit Gnome 2.28