Question regarding the new login theme and using other gdm themes

Kenneth Wimer kwwii at
Mon Sep 28 17:31:04 BST 2009

On Monday 28 September 2009 06:08:49 pm Mackenzie Morgan wrote:
> On Monday 28 September 2009 8:58:21 am Dennis Beekman wrote:
> > I have to say that 9.10 alpha 5 looks great for my home computer and i
> > will surtainly install the Beta and RC releases aswell... to follow the
> > changes made to them.
> >
> > However something bothers me and noboddy else can answer this issue on
> > any forums.
> > The school where i do the IT Managment requires that the login screen
> > has they're logo and a wallpaper chosen by them....
> >
> > Before this was not difficult, i had adapted a gdm theme wich installed.
> > but in the Alpha 5 of ubuntu i cannot change gdm themes anymore or so it
> > seems.
> > when i either select it from the menu or call "gdmsetup" from a console
> > i can only select whether is wish to automagically login on not :-(
> Modifying gdm2 themes isn't quite the same as the old way.  I've never done
> it, but IIRC, you have to "compile" the theme.  Unfortunately, my Google-fu
> is failing me. I can't find a howto for creating gdm2 themes.

GDM is now a normal gnome session, so it takes a gtk, metacity, icon and 
cursor theme like a normal desktop does. You can set them by defining the gconf 
keys for the use gdm.

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