There are two lock screens, sort of. One where you can login and one which is just a cover for it.

What are the names of these two screens?


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It is somewhat understood from the gdm3.css style sheet that

  1. the one that shows when the system is boot up -->> login screen

  2. the one that shows when the system is locked automatically or manually and where the 3 swipe up arrows are visible -->> lock screen

  3. the one that is visible after swipe up -->> unlock screen

the file /usr/share/gnome-shell/theme/ubuntu.css is the style sheet for 18.04 by default.. and some of it's contents are

    /* TOP BAR */
#panel {
  background-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2);
  /* transition from solid to transparent */
  transition-duration: 500ms;
  font-weight: bold;
  height: 1.86em; }
  #panel.unlock-screen, #panel.login-screen, #panel.lock-screen {
    background-color: transparent; }

when the contents are changed like this

    /* our unlock screen isn't fully transparent */
#panel.unlock-screen {
  background-color: red;

  background-color: cyan;

#panel.lock-screen {
  background-color: yellow;

Panel Color on Lock Screen is Yellow (attached .gif cant show the colors exactly)
Panel Color on Unlock Screen is Red
Panel Color on Login Screen is Cyan (poor camera quality to show cyan color exactly)

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It's called

Lock Screen

Unlock Screen


Guess it makes sense, but what about the word "Login Screen"? Well, that's for another lost soul to answer.


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