How To Use LightDM on Linux Mint 15, Linux Mint 14 and Linux Mint 13

Hello Linux Geeksters.

As you know, LightDM is default display manager of Ubuntu. It is fast, extensible and has support for multi-desktop. The Linux Mint developers replaced LightDM with MDM, for their latest operating systems: Linux Mint 13, Linux Mint 14 and Linux Mint 15.

http://ubuntualways.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/new-lightdm-lockscreen.jpg

In this article I will show you how to install LightDM on Linux Mint 15 Olivia and Linux Mint 14 Nadia.

Update the local reposities:

$ sudo apt-get update

Install LightDM:

$ sudo apt-get install lightdm gnome-settings-daemon indicator-session unity-greeter ubuntu-mono light-themes

During the installation process, you will be asked to choose the default DM, between LightDM and MDM (choose LightDM):

http://nfgk.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/dm.png?w=596

Optional, other tweaks that can be done:

Remove the LightDM white dots:

$ sudo xhost +SI:localuser:lightdm
$ sudo su lightdm -s /bin/bash
$ gsettings set com.canonical.unity-greeter draw-grid false

Get rid of the Ubuntu logo from LightDM:

$ sudo rm /usr/share/unity-greeter/logo.png

Disable guest account from LightDM:

$ sudo sh -c 'echo "allow-guest=false" >> /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf'

You can also disable the remote login, on LightDM:

$ sudo sh -c 'echo "greeter-show-remote-login=false" >> /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf'

To go back and set MDM as the default DM again, do, and choose MDM in the configuration screen:

$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure mdm

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2 comments on “How To Use LightDM on Linux Mint 15, Linux Mint 14 and Linux Mint 13
  1. Ian says:

    sudo dpkd –configure -a
    When run it says sudo: dpkd: command not found
    Help new to linux Mint 15 and this was after a wine download failed

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