One of the coolest things about being a Linux user can be showing off your slick custom interface to your friends. With the maturing of Grub 2 and kernel mode setting, we’ll soon all have a beautiful boot from start to finish. The step we’re covering today is customizing GDM, the login manager you likely use if you’re running Ubuntu or any other system with Gnome as your desktop. Well those of you who don’t like the Ubuntu brown can brighten up because there’s no shortage of slick GDM themes available for download. Today, we’ll cover where to get them and how to use them.
For info on installing and using the following themes, see the bottom of this page.
Each of the titles above links to the theme’s download page, or if there’s no page, the theme file itself. All the themes (except DeSk) are tar.gz files and do not need to be extracted manually. In the case of DeSk, the tarball is there but it’s inside a ZIP. You save the tarballs into any directory you choose, and then open the Login Manager which will handle the rest. You can find that in Gnome under System > Administration > Login Window.
Use the Add button to pick your tarball, and you’ll see it show up in the panel to the left. You’ll see your new theme next time you login or switch user.