I was wondering if it is possible to get the GNOME 3.2 GDM login theme working on Ubuntu 11.10. I installed GDM alongside LightDM, but the GDM greeter is really ugly.
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Tista and three other dev's have done just this (see link below).
Tista has created a testing PPA to install GDM 3.2 - this is the version of the login manager which you can theme via CSS.
Warning - this is a testing PPA
At the time of writing this, there are only packages for Precise (12.04)
I originally tested this on a 11.10 virtual machine when a package existed - hence the screenshot:
I've since retested this on 12.04 - Important - see the notes below
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tista/gdm-testing sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install gdm libgdmgreeter1 libgdmsimplegreeter1 gir1.2-gdmgreeter-1.0
During the installation of GDM you will be asked which display-manager you want to run. Choose GDM and press ENTER
changing the background
To change the background, use the AU linked question below to change the background.
The Gnome-shell stripes background can be found on GitHub.
unity --resetto get the unity desktop to display. I'm open to suggestions why this happens and if there is a workaround...
I'm an owner of this ppa. and thanks for your experimental trials on it.
And now... umm... I've heard some issues on this release maybe both on precise/oneiric:
plymouth stands/stacks still on vt7 and gdm was wiped to vt8.
Lots of keyring after logging in, would be asked in every time.
Especially on precise, "repack" of ureadahead might be needed when we had changed daemons/pre-processes before starting gdm.
Finally if someone who wants to fight against this work (especially patchworks), let me know your trials/patches!! :-)
You should try this link GDM Theme. It is not for 11.10 but this could give you an idea.