Installing a new login screen on RHEL

October 11, 2011 at 8:43 am | Posted in Oracle Developement | Leave a comment

So you’re running Oracle on REHL, and you’re tired of looking at the same old, boring login screen. Or you may be running multiple VMs and want to make a visual difference between them. Here is a way to edit the GDM (Gnome Display Manager) to add a few more themes that will provide you with a different login screen, and possibly, a cool looking Oracle VM.

To get some new GDM themes go to, select Themes>GDM Greeter, and choose download the ones you like. Once downloaded, unzip them to /usr/share/gdm/themes.

RHEL 5 comes with a number of commands that allow you to manage the available GDM themes. To test a theme and see what it looks like, you can use:

$ gdmthemetester console <themename>

Once you’ve decided on a theme, use the following command to select it:

$ gdmsetup <themename>

Finally, apply the theme:

$ gdm-restart

Have fun!


To change the login background on RHEL 6 do the following:

sudo cp /usr/share/applications/gnome-appearance-properties.desktop /usr/share/gdm/autostart/LoginWindow

Log out, then a pop-up window that allows you to select a background picture will come up. Choose a back ground, log in and execute:

sudo unlink /usr/share/gdm/autostart/LoginWindow/gnome-appearance-properties.desktop

to keep the pop-up window from coming up every time you log in.



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