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I use FVWM windows manager (and I don't have gnome/unity installed). The background colour of my window is set by Ubuntu - it is the same colour as the background to the login screen. Indeed, the FVWM faqs notes that:

Setting the background image is not really part of the window
manager. If you are using one of the Linux distributions, most
likely, some part of the distribution is setting the background for

In previous versions (10.04) this background colour was a tasteful brown, but now in 11.10 it is an unbearable blue. How do I change it please?

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I recommend that you search the – user41762 Jan 13 '12 at 10:09

Okay, I was using gdm as the login manager. I switched to lighdm (which, I think is the default in 11.10) and I got a much nicer background theme.

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I set the background color in my .fvwm2rc file, as part of the InitFunction. The command I use is

AddToFunc InitFunction "I" exec xsetroot -solid SkyBlue

(Sorry; I like blue.)

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