One complaint many users had when upgrading to Karmic was the loss of a GDM (login screen) setup tool to easily tweak the appearance of the login screen.

Versions prior to Karmic allowed you to fully theme the login screen but Karmic saw the introduction of a new version of GDM, resulting in the loss of many of the features.

GDM2Setup puts some of that functionality back in your hands.

Features: –

  • Set login screen wallpaper, theme & icon set
  • Blur wallpaper
  • Set autologin/delayed login
  • Choose to display userlist
  • Enable/disable login sounds

Awesomely you can install GDM2Setup via their official PPA.

Paste each of the following lines into a terminal: –

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gdm2setup/gdm2setup
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install python-gdm2setup

Alternatively the latest .deb release is available to download @

You’ll find GDM2Setup in your System > Administration menu titled ‘Login (GDM2Setup)’.

The GDM2Setup team are hoping to get the nifty little app included in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx. Lucid’s current ‘login tweak’ tool, whilst a little better than Karmics’, still misses most of the functionality GDM2Setup provides.

(l)GDM2Setup; (r) Default Login Screen settings window in Lucid
#apps #gdm #tweaks