GDM Greeter First User Interface

Posted in Programming and Technical, Ubuntu on April 14th, 2011 by doctormo

Update from my previous post: Here we have a branch containing a working gdm greeter user interface with a nice python module set for interacting with the gdm greeter service.

What’s nice about this code is how little of it you need to hack on the gdm. Binding up the username and password box to the events pretty much does everything. Most of the original functionality is simple to do.

The design isn’t final, there are gtk limitations and since gdm doesn’t really do clutter or opengl, it’d be impossible to do anything more interesting unfortunately.

The difference in functionality here is that you enter your full name (not your username) and it suggests people to you. The idea with this is that if you type in your name and you’re not a user, the next screen you see will be a register screen.

I selected my name from the list and then entered my passphrase:

Then it will log you in exactly as it should. Have a look at the code and see if you can hack on the gdm, it’s really very easy if you know a bit of python and gtk.

Comment if you do anything interesting.

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