Linux Mint 15 RC will feature MDM 1.2.0 and use the “Clouds” HTML theme by default.
The theme features keyboard navigation and the selection of languages and sessions is rendered by nice bootstrap modal dialogs. It looks very nice.
What looks even nicer though, is the “Clouds (WebGL)” theme. In this one, the theme is animated and the login screen flies through the clouds in 3D. There’s even a plane button you can click to take control of the flight (you then move your mouse around to change the direction you’re flying towards). Unfortunately, this theme is quite heavy on resources. It is slow in Virtualbox and doesn’t work well on all machines so we couldn’t use it by default.
Also included are a collection of animated themes made by samriggs. They’re not using WebGL so everybody should be able to use them.
Samriggs is working on them as we speak, he probably doesn’t know about MDM 1.2.0 yet and he probably has newer themes than the ones we included in the RC :)
It’s all happening here if you are interested in following this: http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=126979
We’ll catch up with him and bring improvements to all the included themes in time for the stable release.
MDM itself was greatly improved in the last few days. The HTML renderer no longer shows a grey screen before loading the theme and GDM themes are now allowed to ask for borders around text fields.
If the theme specifies background=”true”, a border is drawn on the text field.
For instance, <item type=”entry” id=”user-pw-entry”> is rendered like this:
and <item type=”entry” id=”user-pw-entry” background=”true”> is rendered like this:
The GDM themes previously included in Linux Mint 14 are still there in Linux Mint 15 and some of them now take advantage of these new borders to look nicer.