Need to know how to modify the graphical front end banner...

I need to know if there is a way to edit, change or add text to the front end graphical login banner, the one that is green and has session and system in the lower left hand corner. I need to put a DOD banner on there somewhere and would like to know if I can edit that.

Any help is appreciated!


Are you using Gnome or KDE? If KDE, 3.5 or 4.x?

Well I don’t think I am to that point yet… I’m talking about the page where you select that… You know the green page with OpenSUSE up top right and session lower left. IS there any way to modify that?? So far just by checking processes I am guessing that is handled by the “kdm_greet” program, if so I guess I want to modify the main page… Different people will be using their favorite enviorement so if you need an answer it would be KDE 3.5 or KDE4.


Actually, you are at that point. Gnome’s login screen is called by default by gdm while KDE 4.x uses kdm4 and KDE 3 uses kdm3.

For KDE the change is essentially the same whether kdm3 or kdm4: Go to YaST/System/syconfig Editor. Under Desktop/Display Manager find “display-manager-kdm-theme”; the value will be “SUSE”. KDM optionally uses themes. Change the value to blank and Finish out of that; no theme will now be called and the default login will be used. Now go to KControl (Personal Settings/Configure Desktop) and find Login Manager. There you can customize the login interface much as you can the desktop. You can set the background to any jpeg you wish, so all you need to is create what you’d like with your DoD text/logo and use that. Note that with this method you cannot use a background with System and Menu in the lower left because those controls are in the KDM dialog window (you’ll see what I mean when you look at it), but the functionality is identical.

An alternative is to create an actual theme like “SUSE”. The theme itself will be in a different location between KDE 3 vs KDE 4; searching on kdm* will find the directory. You could use SuSE’s as a template, create yours, put it under the same directory, and in YaST sysconfig Editor change “SUSE” to your theme’s filename. A bit more complex, but would enable using an identical theme to openSUSE’s except with your DoD added.

you mean this

make sure KDM theme is installed then

for KDE3 look for Background.jpg in /opt/kde3/share/apps/kdm/themes/SUSE
open it in gimp and make any changes you want, then replace the original

in KDE4 Background.jpg is in /usr/share/kde4/apps/kdm/themes/SUSE

I do not use Gnome but I did find that
in Gnome the folder is /usr/share/gdm/themes/GDM-SuSE and the image is in two parts Background.svg and stripe.svg

you will only need to modify the one that you use as your login manager

@lacakid -

Re: The method posted just above, which is also what I ref’d as a second method, note that while it is easy to change the background image, e.g., to add your logo to the jpg - also be aware that moving or changing anything else requires changes to the theme behavior, which is governed by an xml file in the theme directory.

i tried to change kdm theme without success…

i changed the splashscreen (the thing who is between kdm theme and the kde session)