Install MDM display manager on Ubuntu 13.10

Last updated: July 8, 2013

MDM is the default display manager for Linux Mint. It beautifies Ubuntu’s default boring Login Screen and make it easy to change themes.

To install MDM on Ubuntu 13.10, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal, then follow the below steps:

1.) Add the stable ppa by running this command in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable

2.) Update the package lists:

sudo apt-get update

3.) Finally install the greeter:

sudo apt-get install mdm

You’ll be prompt to choose MDM as default display manager.


After that, you can download MDM themes from and install them via MDM Preferences utility.



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2 responses to Install MDM display manager on Ubuntu 13.10

  1. Anaximander Thales October 16, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    It appears that this will not work — there is already a package in Ubuntu 13.10 called mdm — the Middleman system.

    The Middleman System (mdm) is a set of utilities that help you
    parallelize your shell scripts. Simply label the commands to run in
    parallel, and the System automatically exploits every parallelization
    opportunity that arises at runtime. You can also specify dependency
    between commands so that they run in an appropriate order.
    Comes with an ncurses-based monitoring console. Compatible with xargs,
    find, make, any shell, together, in a script or interactively.

    • Ubuntu 13.10 is not supported now by launchpad PPA.

      Thanks man! I’ll report this bug in launchpad. As an alternative, use the deb from this page to install mdm display manager on Ubuntu 13.10.