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Greeter styles
« on: October 12, 2017, 03:28:53 PM »
 

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Lightdm GTK greeter that takes us to the desktop is nice but lacks some styles. I installed a few new xfce themes and it would be nice to have more options for the greeter that would match the desktop themes. Where can I find those styles and how can I install them? Another question: is it possible to use an alternative? I know there is a kde greeter (too heavy for my system probably), a unity greeter, razor something..
 


Re: Greeter styles
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2017, 06:23:31 PM »
 

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Lightdm is configurable, and in some cases scriptable. What exactly would you like it to do? Display different wallpaper, or a different login prompt, alter its theme? Get together what you want to do and lets see what we can come up with.

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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2017, 08:02:46 PM »
 

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@trinidad thanks for your reply. What I want is consistency with desktop style, icon themes and a greeter style. For instance, there is a Greybird deskop style, corresponding Greybird window manager style, and a greeter Greybird style. I realize I'm a bit of a perfectionist here and it's hard to find a bundle of one style for all these interface elements. As for the greeter layout and content there is no problem, I like it, it's easily configurable. I guess styling and matching the desktop theme is my question. For example, I found a nice looking theme on xfce-look.org. Deskop style - Window style - Icons set. All made by one person and match perfectly. But the greeter setting is missing this style.

 

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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2017, 10:49:30 AM »
 

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In order to freely customize lightdm use the lightdm web-kit greeter. Other options are not going to give you much leeway for customization. There are caveats with whatever you choose to do and  LL is a highly customized XFCE DE. It all depends on your level of expertise. You can certainly compile your own greeter if you have that skill. If you are pressed for disk space or RAM, or CPU I would not try the KDE greeter as the dependencies to add would be considerable. The Unity greeter will give you problems because of the lack of the Unity manager in LL. I don't know how far you want to go with this but below are several links which should give you an idea of what you are getting into.

https://www.maketecheasier.com/customize-lightdm-themes/
https://wiki.debian.org/LightDM
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LightDM
https://launchpad.net/lightdm-gtk-greeter-settings

The last link is to a small settings manager that may work but I have not tested it. You will need the Xenial version. I am tied up with work until Monday but if you can provide me with the theme and icons you wish to use I may be able to walk you through what you wish to do. I do not recommend any solutions, that involve changing greeters, except the web-kit solution, nor do I recommend adding greeter managers. Best to work within the greeter we have in LL.

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« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2017, 10:16:20 AM »
 

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You will have to manually check for the correct file path for the theme and icons you want to use and make sure they are included in the right directories. You  should also check that a GUI login prompt is available for the new theme. Make sure you backup first, and I would recommend doing this in a virtual environment if you can.

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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2017, 01:12:31 PM »
 

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In order to freely customize lightdm use the lightdm web-kit greeter. Other options are not going to give you much leeway for customization. There are caveats with whatever you choose to do and  LL is a highly customized XFCE DE. It all depends on your level of expertise. You can certainly compile your own greeter if you have that skill. If you are pressed for disk space or RAM, or CPU I would not try the KDE greeter as the dependencies to add would be considerable. The Unity greeter will give you problems because of the lack of the Unity manager in LL. I don't know how far you want to go with this but below are several links which should give you an idea of what you are getting into.

https://www.maketecheasier.com/customize-lightdm-themes/
https://wiki.debian.org/LightDM
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LightDM
https://launchpad.net/lightdm-gtk-greeter-settings

The last link is to a small settings manager that may work but I have not tested it. You will need the Xenial version. I am tied up with work until Monday but if you can provide me with the theme and icons you wish to use I may be able to walk you through what you wish to do. I do not recommend any solutions, that involve changing greeters, except the web-kit solution, nor do I recommend adding greeter managers. Best to work within the greeter we have in LL.

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This is helpful, thank you very much. Going to postpone heavy greeter customizations and study these options instead.
 


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