GDMConfigureTool

Revision 6 as of 2009-07-17 06:52:15

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Summary

Since the transition from GDM 2.20 to 2.26 there is no longer a graphical facility to configure preferences for GDM.

Ubuntu bug: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gdm/+bug/395299

GNOME bug: http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=587750

GNOME task to add background setting to appearance applet: http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=536531

Rationale

Without a tool an average user will not be able to change the login settings from the default.

Use cases

  • Mike wants to have his user automatically log in
  • Jim wants to change the background of the login screen

Scope

The changes will involve

  • Producing patches to implement the user interface

Design

Option A

  • Produce a stand-alone gdmsetup tool with the following options:
    • Default user
    • Login delay
    • Background

gdmsetup-2.28-mockup-unauthorised.png gdmsetup-2.28-mockup-authorised.png

Option B

  • Modify the "Users and Groups" tool to be able to set the default user and login delay
  • Modify the "Appearance" tool to be able to set the login background

Implementation

  • Option A chosen for first release to provide functionality in time for Karmic
  • Implemented in C (match existing GDM code)
  • GTK+ GUI
  • Use PolicyKit for authorisation


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