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

Andrew Farris flyindragon1 at aol.com
Mon Feb 8 10:56:37 UTC 2010

On Sun, 2010-02-07 at 18:55 -0500, Tom H wrote:
> > However, to change the GDM theme to something else requires a different
> > set of steps, since in 8.04 there's actually a tool to accomplish what I
> > described earlier (was under System > Administration > Login Screen...
> > but has since been drastically cut down). I think the new tool to manage
> > the GDM screen is going to be in the next revision of Gnome. (maybe in
> > time for 10.04? who knows...)
> The reason for your procedure is that since 9.10, the login screen and
> the xauth cookie are owned by gdm (the user gdm) and the only time
> that you can launch a gui tool owned by gdm is at the login screen.
> I have just tried alt-f2 and both gksu -u gdm gnome-control-center and
> gksudo -u gdm gnome-control-center on lucid and neither of them
> worked. :(

This actually makes sense from a security perspective... It may not be a
great idea to allow the gdm user to be controlled from outside the GDM
screen, so a potential attacker can less easily gain access to your
login mechanism (and control/exploit it). I'm sure that given time,
though, there will come some easier way to control some of the basic
login screen features (such as themes).

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