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February 26th, 2011, 12:26 AM
using LTS 10.04

How do i change my boot splash and login screen?

(in the past i would)
It was just system->admin->login screen
but all the options are missing!
see attached screen shots.

tried to reinstall it.
xxx@xxxx:~$ sudo apt-get install gdm-themes
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Package gdm-themes is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source
E: Package gdm-themes has no installation candidate

* Ubuntu changed something and i don't what it is (i cant even figure what to search for)

the first screen is my desktop system->admin->login screen
the 2nd is what should be there. system->admin->login screen

February 27th, 2011, 02:26 AM
There are no specific GDM themes anymore, unfortunately.

See my recent post about the same matter:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=10468340 (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=10468340#post10468340)

February 27th, 2011, 05:21 AM
change login picture

sudo -u gdm gconftool-2 --set --type string --set /desktop/gnome/background/picture_filename /home/username/Pictures/Photos/newpicture.jpg

works on all ubuntu versions even new GDM 2.X's

what im really looking for is the .xml and .ui files to edit the login window box :)

i posted rephrased question here.

February 27th, 2011, 05:55 AM
Unfortunately, theming of gdm was removed starting from 9.10. Fortunately, you can still customize it to a great extent.
Check out the link at the beginning of this thread:

Please post back on that thread and give me you opinion on how it works for you. I'm presently re-writing it to include Maverick since things have changed considerably.

March 4th, 2011, 03:28 PM
You can change things like Gnome theme, wallpaper and font smoothing easily. See this guide: