I'm using Gnome 3.6 (PPA) on Ubuntu 12.10

But I don't get the "new" lock screen.

Users reported new lock screen are available now.

GNOME lock screen (screensaver) is missing music controls

How to disable sliding login screen in Gnome?

Is there any specific settings to be enabled to get the new lock screen?

1 Answer 1


( please only try the following steps if you know how to use the terminal! )

First I would have to know if even your login-screen is old as well?

If so, maybe this will help you.

you still see the old lock/login-screen because you are still using the Ubuntu default display manager lightdm, I guess..

To get the new L&F you have to set gdm as default-manager. ( be sure that gdm 3.6 is installed on your machine! )

sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm

Now, you have to stop lightdm but this will shut down your display-manager and you will only see a terminal but that's fine.

sudo service lightdm stop

Right after lightdm has stopped, login in the prompting shell and execute following

sudo service gdm start

That's it!

  • So awesome! thanks! Took me hours of searching Ubuntu forums and askubuntu because google doesn't bring this question up for some reason...
    – yprez
    Jul 17, 2013 at 20:22

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