GDM2 Setup – A login interface management utility for the new GDM

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A login interface management utility for the new GDM. Allows for wallpaper setting, autologin option, prompted or userlist login, etc.

The setup utility that comes in Ubuntu Karmic (and many other Gnome based distros) is missing most of the older GDM setup utility's functionality. This application's goal is to put all of the functionality back in the hands of the users through a familiar and simple GUI.

To add this app into your package manager, execute the following commands from a terminal window:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gdm2setup/gdm2setup

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install python-gdm2setup

The application will now update along with your other packages automatically and will appear in your System / Administration menu as "Login (GDM2Setup)".

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17 Responses

  1. Valente says:

    Finally, I quick and easy way to customize GDM. The new GDM is great in terms of speed but the sudden removal of all the customization options left a big hole. Linux is known for its customizability so well done to the devs who have decided to create this utility!

  2. Ricardo Graça says:

    It was about time! Unfortunately this came to late for me, as I’m going to try out KDE since Gnome has been letting me down many times lately.

  3. techie99 says:

    I still miss XDMCP support from GDM….. Great addition though!

  4. Lantesh says:

    While this doesn’t replace all the options we had with the old GDM, it’s at least nice to have some of the functionality back. Thanks for posting this.

  5. mickeyj4j says:

    i get a totally different interfave on ubuntu 9.10 and not all the options

  6. azurehi says:

    I am using Super OS/Ubuntu 9.10. After installing per your directions, I cannot get the wallpaper to change with a new image from my Pictures file…any suggestions?

  7. cuachanilla says:

    Hi azurehi, you can use GSTYLE and change the wallpaper, put new wallpapers in /usr/share/backgrounds

  8. jared says:

    this does not work it gives me a 404 not found

  9. Mark says:

    the .deb is accessible at Launchpad,

    although seems to need an update for Maverick

  10. erick says:

    I downloaded an icon package for my desktop but it’s not appearing in the list available for icon themes in the GDM2 setup. Any way to add it to the list? I can download it as an archive, should I leave it as a tarball or extract it somewhere to make it available in the list?

  11. jungle_bpy says:

    I am trying to chang the wallpaper, I choose it and click on OK bottom, but it not change the wallpaper, the window dont close after click OK, what is wrong?

  12. valch85 says:

    to jungle_bpy
    it’s not work at all
    not only wallpaper, with therms the same thin =(

  13. ginji says:

    full of errors if used in ubuntu 10.10 help pls??

  14. yuskhanzab says:

    didnt work for maverick meerkat. 🙁

  15. Tommaso says:

    A workaround for maverick is to edit the source.list to allow the use of lucid packages:

    sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list.d/gdm2setup-gdm2setup-maverick.list

    then replace “maverick” with “lucid”.

  16. m2h says:


    Use ‘gksudo’ when sudoing gtk apps, or horrible horrible things can occur.

    gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list.d/gdm2setup-gdm2setup-maverick.list

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