So here is the problem that I am having. I came back to Ubuntu from Manjaro linux and enjoy the beautiful design. I was always a fan of the login screen/manager for Ubuntu. It was very sleek looking but I'm not sure what the official name of it was/is. With the new install of 14.04 I have noticed that all I get at the login screen is my username to login and a boring gray and noisy background. I don't recognize this login manager but everything is centered and kinda boring. How do I get back to the original, fancy Ubuntu login manager? Thanks! Any help is appreciated!

  • Can you provide a picture of that screen? The login manager is called LightDM and is still used in 14.04, so it may be some problem with your setup. – Salem Jul 30 '14 at 18:56

It looks like you are using Ubuntu GNOME, which uses GDM as the Display Manager, as it is usually called. What you are looking for is LightDM, the default display manager of Ubuntu. You can install it using the command:

sudo apt-get install lightdm unity-greeter

Choose lightdm as the default when you are asked: dpkg-reconfigure screenshot

You can always change your default by using the command:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure lightdm

(Or use any other DM you may have installed, in place of lightdm.)


The Display Manager with the icons on the left is gdm I believe. lightdm has a more windows-like toolbar in my opinion. Another test when pressing super (windows button):
gdm: get the search bar all along the top of the screen, with lots of icons below it.
lightdm: pops up a shortcut bar on the left, search on top, workstations on right and open windows in center.

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