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On mac OS there is a directory where you can put images in to replace default screens like the booting screen. Is there an equivalent for desktop enviroments like gnome, unity, kde, lxde, sfce etc.?

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Sorry set it as answered. – rajlego May 6 '14 at 14:59
Please test it at your convenience and accept only if it answers your question – Sylvain Pineau May 6 '14 at 15:07
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Ubuntu themes are available in the /usr/share/themes/ directory.

All default backgrounds are in /usr/share/backgrounds/.

However the boot splash screen is not part of the usual themes and managed by low-level components (plymouth) and unless you know what you're doing it's often discouraged to change the splash screen picture.

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