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In Ubuntu 9.10, how do I change it so as not to show a list of users at the login screen? I would prefer it to be like 9.04 where you typed in the username, then the password.

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This works (I just did it):

sudo -u gdm gconftool-2 --set --type boolean /apps/gdm/simple-greeter/disable_user_list true
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One slight flaw with this method (Ubuntu's fault, not yours) is that I have to press the down arrow to focus on the login button, I can't just press enter. – Macha Oct 30 '09 at 19:05
this doesn't work for me for some reason – WalterJ89 Mar 11 '10 at 12:17

UG - it appears that the developers have made it even worse in 10.

In my case, I have a lab full of these computers that authenticate off of an LDAP server. This means any one of 400 users could logon.

What I really want is 2 boxes (one for userid; one for password). I don't think this is unreasonable...

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System > Administration > Login or something like that and then edit those options to your liking. That's probably not exactly it, but I'm pretty sure that should set you on your way.

[I'm in Windows now - that's why I can't check.]

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The option to type username and password has been removed in 9.10 . All that is there is show user list or auto login. (It's Login Screen btw) – Macha Oct 29 '09 at 22:25
Huh. Ok. That doesn't sound cool. I suspect workarounds will show up on Google shortly. – Nathaniel Oct 29 '09 at 22:31
I find it hard - no: very hard - to believe that. – innaM Oct 30 '09 at 9:39
@Manni: Install 9.10 and see for yourself... – Macha Oct 30 '09 at 19:06
I did. You were right. But I still find it hard to believe. Why did they do that? – innaM Nov 7 '09 at 12:20

To just change the appearance, check this:

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