There have been many changes made to the last couple of Ubuntu releases. Among them is that LightDM is now the new login manager. While the login screen is pretty nice, many users might want a way to customize it with their own wallpaper. Thanks to Claudio Novais, a new utility, called Simple LightDM Manager, is available.
The first thing you’ll want to do is open your Terminal.
Now, type the following command, which will add the PPA (Personal Package Archive) to our software lists.
We want to add the PPA, since with it active, any new releases will automatically be downloaded and installed, ensuring we are always up to date. Before we can install the Simple LightDM Manager, however, we need to update our software lists, so our package manager is aware of any newly available software. We do that with the following command.
After updating our lists, installing is as simple as a single command.
Now that we’ve installed it, we can launch the Simple LightDM Manager by finding it in our Unity launcher.
Once launched, we’ll see the following window.
There are a few different things we can do. First is the ability to change the background image.
We can also, you’ll notice, choose a simple color instead of a picture.
Next is the ability to change the logo.
By default, LightDM uses the Ubuntu 11.10 logo, but if you have something you prefer, choose it instead.
Once you’ve done this, click the Apply changes button. You’ll need to apply your administrator password, but once that’s done, your new image and logo (if changed), will be used the next time you log into your computer.
Simple LightDM Manager is just that… a simple manager to change the LightDM background. It’s not fancy; it doesn’t offer a lot of options, but it doesn’t need to. It just takes what would otherwise involve a bit of Terminal use and/or scripts and makes it simple. As advertised. If you want to change up your login screen and are using the new Ubuntu 11.10, definitely give Simple LightDM Manager a try.