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This story has a history. Way back in early 2000, I wrote a small shellscript that would set the background of the login-screen of XDM (It’s a Xwindows/Unix thing). You can find that original here. I get bored with login-screens that look the same everytime you login – or any desktop background or wallpaper but that’s another story. I figured it shouldn’t be too difficult to change that, it’s an image right? Why shouldn’t I be able to change that. It’s on my computer, shouldn’t I be in control of that? And so a cup of coffee and a little Unix shell code did that trick. The old script depends on Windowmaker to set the background image. I’m not quite sure if that is still around.
So some 10 years later, I convinced my wife that we needed a new computer again, and bought this beautiful, hip & trendy iMac. I’m like a kid in a candy store: This baby runs a decent unix shell and … xman! And I must say that I really like OS X, but being greeted with the same star background over-and-over again when you login gets old pretty quick for me. Continue reading