skinny-xdm-beautify takes the rather functional default XDM interface and makes it almost attractive. It does this by pointing configuration files mentioned in
/etc/X11/xdm/xdm-config to beautiful versions also installed by this package.
skinny-xdm-beautify also adds shutdown and reboot buttons to the login screen.1)
skinny-xdm-beautify changes permissions on
/sbin/shutdown so that regular users can call it – that is, so that a user can shutdown or reboot from within a session rather having to be a super user, just like in other personal computer operating systems.2)
To shutdown the computer from within a session, issue the command:
/sbin/shutdown -hP now
/sbin/shutdown -r now
skinny-xdm-beautify gives you three choices for the root pixmap (i.e., background), as described below.
skinny-xdm-beautify ships with a small collection of photographic images that can be randomly selected from for the login screen's background. To enable this feature, you must install
If you like the feature, then you may consider installing
skinny-xdm-extras as well.
If you install
xstarfish (in the regular Debian repositories),
skinny-xdm-beautify will present you an automatically generated, colorful, and beautiful root pixmap each time XDM is displayed.
Note that if you have both
skinny-randyroot will take precedence. In other words, if you want an
xstarfish background on the login screen, you need to uninstall
skinny-randyroot (or edit
/etc/X11/xdm/xdm-config/skinny-Xsetup if you are feeling brave).
If you have neither
skinny-xdm-beautify will make the XDM login screen's background a solid dark grey color. Not stunning, but less unbeautiful than the XDM default. The color is hard-coded into
chmod u+x /sbin/shutdownin
chmod u-x /sbin/shutdownas root. Don't forget to repeat this if you update/reinstall