I am running Linux Mint 16 Petra Mate and I am trying to figure out why I am unable to add a downloaded login theme from gnome-look.org

This is the theme I want to install. However, the Login Window manager doesn't recognize the Theme archive

I have done some searching around and most sites say I have to type the command


to figure out if I am using GNOME

My terminal just replies with default . Guessing I am not quite there yet?


You're using Mate (or so you tell us), which is based on Gnome3. However, the theme you are trying to install is for Gnome2:

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In their infinite wisdom, the Gnome devs have completely changed the login manager (called gdm) and it is not compatible with 2.x themes. To further complicate things, Mint has forked gdm and instead uses mdm which should be compatible with gdm but might not be.

  • Should I set my default session to run MATE or RunXclient script? Is there a difference? – Joe Jan 28 '14 at 20:16
  • In the Options tab of the same settings menu (Login Window) - There is the option of setting the default session to be either of these. Is one preferred over the other? – Joe Jan 28 '14 at 21:06
  • @JoeBennett neither will affect this issue. The Xclient script is basically if you want to roll your own session using xinit or startxor something. – terdon Jan 28 '14 at 21:07

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