LightDM’s Unity Greeter Gets User-specific Wallpaper, Bullets, Dot Removal, And More In Ubuntu 12.04

  • Unity’s LightDM login screen has undergone many changes in Ubuntu 12.04.

    1. LightDM background wallpaper

    In the past, I wrote about changing the background for the LightDM login screen. With Ubuntu 12.04, the login screen will default to the desktop wallpaper currently being used by each specific user.

    You can see the wallpaper change effect with OMGUbuntu!’s video below:

    2. Language select

    A new keyboard indicator in the panel will allow user to switch languages directly from the LightDM login screen.

    3. Bullets

    When entering passwords, the asterisks have been changed to bullets, to match passwords elsewhere.

    4. Remove dots

    In the past I wrote about removing LightDm’s dots. They can now be removed via the terminal.

    Run the following in the terminal, or with Alt+F2:

    gksu gedit /etc/lightdm/unity-greeter.conf

    Change draw-grid=true to draw-grid=false.

    5. Misc.

    Other changes include:

    – Improved Ubuntu’s screen-reader Orca handling
    – Now shows the updated Ubuntu 12.04 logo
    – Darker top panel
    – Removed indefinite scrolling. The scrolling behavior now has an ending point.
    – Rearranged centered dots
    – Improved menubar selection via the F10 key



    January 19th, 2012 | Joe Steiger | 7 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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  • Aris Subagio

    hi Joe why in my ubuntu 12.04 don’t see  /etc/lightdm/unity-greeter.conf . and command gksu gedit /etc/lightdm/unity-greeter.conf create blank file

  • Marty_d73

     Mine creates a blank file too

  • Sorry, I didn’t see your comment 2/28.  I just got notified of it.

    I tested the command on my 12.04 system.  It worked for me.  I don’t know why it’s not for you.  Sorry.

  • I tested the command on my 12.04 system.  It worked for me.  I don’t know why it’s not for you.  Sorry.

  • How about you test it with a fresh 12.04 install? Afraid to find out that the file acutally does not exist anymore (which, BTW, it doesn’t)?

    Anyway, the right way to go is entering this in a terminal:

    gettings set com.canonical.unity-greeter draw-grid false

    Have fun.

  • I’ll try that when the final is released.

  • You are right.