MDM, the Mint Display Manager, now offers an awesome features for artists and web developers that want to design attractive login screens for Linux. MDM now supports themes made with HTML5. But can you use it? Well, kind of… From the Linux Mint Blog:
MDM 1.2 will be available in Linux Mint 15 and will feature this new Webkit greeter and a selection of HTML themes.
MDM 1.1.x available as BETA for theme artists
On github.com, the development branch of MDM (1.1.x) already features a functional Webkit greeter.
We’re calling all interested artists and web designers to participate in this. We’d like to design good looking themes for it. We want to help artists make the most of the greeter we developed, guide them through and listen to their feedback to improve it and provide additional features themes might need.
So, if you’re an artist who can’t wait to get started, Mint wants to talk to you. But the most interesting feature of MDM is in how simple the implementation is. It simply uses WebKit, which means anything HTML5 is going to work for you. That means you could easily integrate any HTML5 game into your login screen. But why stop there? How about Grooveshark’s HTML5 interface in your upper-right quadrant? Sure, computers are much more useful when you are logged into them, but what the hell! This is definitely the coolest thing to ever come out of Mint. With features like this, expect MDM to start working its way into a distro new you. With this sort of bling factor, ‘theme’boys will not allow themselves to be left out in the cold…
For more information, and examples of some of the work done so far, check out the Linux Mint Blog.