Mar 23, 2010

Quick Tip: Configure GDM to hide usernames in Ubuntu 10.04

Starting in Ubuntu 9.10, when you get to the login screen (GDM) you'll see a list of users. From there you can pick a user, enter the password, and login. But it's always bothered me that somebody with your laptop gets to see the username right away.. that's half the battle! (root login is disabled by default in Ubuntu).

One option is to downgrade your version of GDM. But where's the fun in that? There's a better way..

So to get rid of it, pop open your terminal enter this handy-dandy command:

sudo gconftool-2 --direct --config-source xml:readwrite:/etc/gconf/gconf.xml.mandatory --type Boolean --set /apps/gdm/simple-greeter/disable_user_list True

Log out and then you should be greeted with the generic login screen you know and love.


  1. Awesome! Thank you!!

  2. And still no way to hide single users from the list ;-(

    I hate to lose features all the time. I used to be so easy. Just open the gdm-config and select which users you want to hide.

  3. Hide specific users from the list you say?
    try this.
    works for me :-)