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

Alex Janssen alex at ourwoods.org
Sat Feb 6 05:12:51 UTC 2010

Andrew Farris wrote:
> 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
> +HD?content=115120
> Hope that helps!
Thanks, Andrew.
I've been wondering how to do that.

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