Change Ubuntu 11.10 Logon Screen Background With LightDM Manager

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In a previous post we showed you how to change the Ubuntu 11.04 logon screen image with the help of Ubuntu tweak. The recent release of Ubuntu 11.10 has replaced the GDM (Gnome Display Manager) with LightDM. For this reason, a new logon screen changer called Simple LightDM Manager has been released by a 3rd party developer. It is developed keeping in view the LightDM structure for Oneriric and therefore it serves as a quick logon screen tweak for replacing the default Ubuntu 11.10 logon screen image with a custom picture or solid color.

This GUI based application currently supports changing the logon screen background image and logo, with no additional tweaking options. You can install LightDM by entering the following commands in the Terminal:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:claudiocn/slm
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install simple-lightdm-manager

To begin, select an image or color for the logon screen background image and optionally a logo to replace the default logo. When done, click Apply Changes and reboot your computer.

Select Image

Once your system reboots, the new logon screen image will be applied. It must be noted that there is no option to revert the changes applied by LightDM Manager and the only way to get back the old logon screen look is to manually select the previous image and logo.

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You can also download the Deb package of LightDM Manager from the Launchpad link given below.

Download Simple LightDM Manager

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  • Gustavo

    thanks a lot for the tip!!!

  • ata

    i’ve installed it and tried to change the logon screen, but wont work. then i manually select the old logo and background, but still it wont work. now my logon screen is black, i dont know how to get back the old screen. please help me. ( freanyl@aol.com )

  • ata

    i’ve installed it and tried to change the logon screen, but wont work. then i manually select the old logo and background, but still it wont work. now my logon screen is black, i dont know how to get back the old screen. please help me. ( freanyl@aol.com )

    • Benjiman

      Hi, I have this problem too, I’ve been told it’s because my home folder is encrypted but I’m stuck at that, hope that helps!

      • Niloy

         I faced the same problem. Then changed the logon screen from the background default images. Not things turned right !
        File system > user > share > background
        It seems you can’t choose any other images of higher than size limit and from any other locations.

  • If you cant get the picture to come up you need to chmod 777 the picture. because the original picture has permissions set to rwx for all. to do this you must do chmod 777. then use lightdm as gksudo simple-lightdm-manager from terminal. And then go check the file by checking the configuration file for lightdm.  gksu gedit /etc/lightdm/unity-greeter.conf. then log out and login. fixed.

    works with linux mint 12, ubuntu.11.04 – 12.04