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Ubuntu 11.10 was loaded without a hitch however to obtain Classic Fallback I followed the following instructions -

Log on Menu now shows

  • Gnome Classic
  • Gnome Classic(No effects)
  • Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu 2D

"Recovery Console" and "User Defined Session" are NOT options - I can't remember if those options were available before entering Fallback command. How can I obtain these two options on Menu ? Please note my last comment - maybe all is well ?

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Thanks Jorge for improving appearance of question - – Geoff Smith Oct 17 '11 at 13:54
I have come across several links to logon screens which are similar to mine - ie Without "Recovery Console" and "User Defined Session" as options - I simply don't know which is normal - My installation was a fresh install with a 4 user /home partition. – Geoff Smith Oct 19 '11 at 20:55
Are you confused with the Recovery mode which would just drop you to a root shell? That is a boot option of GRUB and cannot be added to the login menu. – Lekensteyn Oct 22 '11 at 10:00
Hi Lekensteyn - The answer supplied by Matus below did the trick. "Recovery Console" and "User Defined Session" are now options on my logon menu. Thanks for taking the time to reply. – Geoff Smith Oct 23 '11 at 10:44
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Installing package "gdm" and setting "lightdm" as default login manager works for me. Looks like gdm adds those two settings wanted.

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Thanks @Matus -That solved the problem. "Recovery Console" and "User Defined Session" are now options in my logon page. Thank you for taking the time to reply. – Geoff Smith Oct 23 '11 at 10:55
@GeoffSmith You can mark this question as solved by pressing the green button on the left of this answer. – Lekensteyn Oct 23 '11 at 11:40
Thanks @Lekensteyn – Geoff Smith Oct 24 '11 at 9:53

You can also do this without installing gdm.

The login choices are .desktop files in /usr/share/xesssions. The "Recovery Console" is a text file named xterm.desktop with contents

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Recovery Console
Comment=Failsafe session with only xterm

and the "User Defined Session" is a text file named xsession.desktop with contents

[Desktop Entry]
Name=User Defined Session
Comment=Custom ~/.xsession script

You can add these without gdm. I did not add the "User Defined Session" so don't actually know that it works.

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Sweet. I'm so glad you put this here. I was looking for a way to add a weird custom window manager login option. This was exactly the data I needed to find. I'm thinking on opening another question - then voting to close it in this direction myself, just to get a meaningful flagpost that is more easily searchable. – RobotHumans Jul 29 '14 at 22:45

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