Fixing Ubuntu's broken excuse for a login screen

This is fscking unacceptable. Yah, it's slick. All windows-esque. Whatever. I hate it. I'd like to be able to type my user name in, and not have a freaking list of enumerated accounts sitting there on my damn login window. Now get off my lawn *shakes cane*

Today, it finally annoyed me enough that I'd be willing to do whatever was needed to fix it. How about a real display manager?

In a terminal window, run:
$ sudo apt-get install xdm

You'll get a prompt. Select xdm.

Then, log off from your workstation, and hit Ctrl-alt-F1 to go to the text console. Log in with your user account and run the following commands to shut down gdm and start our new, tasty xdm.

$ sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop
$ sudo /etc/init.d/xdm start

New, ugly but functional login screen. Yay.

By the way, the link to the Debian logo is buried in the xdm configuration file /etc/X11/xdm/Xresources. If you really want to change it, you can edit this config file and/or Bring out the Gimp and start crack-a-lacking.


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