dark GUI of Ubuntu when logging in. How to change?

Andrew Farris flyindragon1 at aol.com
Sat Feb 6 02:54:47 UTC 2010

Firstly, Please don't double-post your questions...thanks!

On Sat, 2010-02-06 at 07:29 +0900, Gryllida wrote:
> Hello!
> http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=J4nJQfVknzg
> 6:57
> These are gloomy somber dark colors of the GUI (when logging in).
> How to change them?

I thought the login theme had a warm, rich feel... however, if you want
to change the look of the login screen, then do the following:

Assuming you have Ubuntu 9.10:
      * log out of Ubuntu (go back to the login screen)
      * Hit ctrl+alt+F2 to go to a tty terminal and log in there
      * Type in the following, in this order:
              * export DISPLAY=:0.0
              * sudo -u gdm gnome-control-center
      * hit ctrl+alt+F7 to go back to the login screen, but now the
        gnome-control-center app should be open and running in there.
      * From there, go to 'Appearance' and you can change the wallpaper
        to whatever you like. 
      * When you're done, close the control center, ctrl+alt+F2 back to
        the terminal and log out, then ctrl+alt+F7 back into the login
        screen, and login as normal. Tada!

If you want to apply a wallpaper that isnt in the default set, just log
in like normal (as your user, through the gui) and copy the file to
'/usr/share/backgrounds', then do the above steps (remember you need
root permission to write to that folder). Easiest way (imho) is to get a
root nautilus window (alt+F2 'gksudo nautilus "/usr/share/backgrounds"'
<return>) then drag and drop.

This will not get rid of the xsplash screen though (which uses the same
wallpaper as the default ubuntu login theme). To get rid of that, you
will need to either download a theme from gnome-look.org (search for
xsplash) or if you just want to change the wallpapers so they match, go
to the '/usr/share/images/xsplash' folder and replace the bg_* picture
with whatever one you want. (remember to rename it). My favorite xsplash
theme is here: http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/PackoXsplash

Hope that helps!

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