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I'm using Debian Stretch and my LoginScreen looks like this. I wonder if it is possible to make it look like the ubuntu version? Especially I'd like to have the graphical user selector instead of a login box where I still have to retype the username at every login...

I experimented with the greeter user option in /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf but without any success. Can someone give me a hint?

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  • I'm sorry, but we only support Ubuntu flavors here. – heynnema Sep 18 '17 at 13:43
  • @heynnema -- Ubuntu Mate desktop has the same settings. or really any flavor using LightDM, so there is value to the post and answer. – ravery Sep 18 '17 at 14:10
  • @ravery Debian Stretch isn't supported here. – heynnema Sep 18 '17 at 14:16
  • Ok I'll fix his question to make it fit here – ravery Sep 18 '17 at 14:18
  • @ravery that's overstepping what you should be doing. 4 users voted to close this question because it was off topic. You invalidated their reviews, and stepped on their toes (again). You should have just voted the same. – heynnema Sep 18 '17 at 15:33
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/usr/share/lightdm is where the debian config files are. Lightdmgreeter.conf is the file for the greeter.
there is also lightdm-gtk-greeter-settings available in the repo.

add/change to greeter-hide-users=false in the file /usr/share/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d/01_debian.conf to get a user list. LightDM automatically rememer last user to log in.

If you don't want to type your password every time, you have to enable autologin.

  • Thanks for your reply! I installed the package which gives me some configuration possibilities. But what setting do I have to change to switch to the user selection menu? I would like to have a list of users displayed where I only have to select one name and enter the password. Currently, I don't have a user list and have to enter the name - That is my problem. – lukasl1991 Sep 18 '17 at 13:32
  • add/change to greeter-hide-users=false in the file /usr/share/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d/01_debian.conf – ravery Sep 18 '17 at 14:05
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the greeter you use is gdm, original ubuntu use lightdm3, so just install it and configure it. first 'apt-get install lightdm3 ' then, run sudo dpkg-reconfigure lightdm3 choose lightdm3. reboot, you will go to the ubuntu greeter(login screen)

  • he is using LightDM – ravery Sep 18 '17 at 14:49
  • Yes, I am. But the name of the package is not lightdm3. It is only lightdm. I have still the same style of the login screen, but now the loginname is displayed in a selection box. I think that there is now possibility to switch to the fancy ubuntu design? – lukasl1991 Sep 18 '17 at 15:08
  • do you means that the background is not the same with ubuntu version? – lyndon Sep 19 '17 at 0:59
  • No, not especially the background. As you can see in the posted images, the style is different. While my ldm has a grey centered login box, the Ubuntu version displays a list of users which seems to be directly displayed on the background – lukasl1991 Sep 19 '17 at 7:27
  • I am not sure if the following solution woks. ubuntu use unity as the desktop environment based on gnome, you can just install the unity to have a try, in original ubuntu, I remember the greeter is lightdm3. if you not custom to unity, just reinstall ubuntu-gnome with lightdm3 seletected(during the installing process you have to choose lightdm or gdm) – lyndon Sep 19 '17 at 7:42

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