I’m trying to make the switch from KDE Plasma to GNOME3 in a lab environment with about 50 users for 15 servers running CentOS 7 using LDAP for authentication. I would like the ability to set the default desktop to be gnome-shell (rather than gnome-classic which is the CentOS default). It appears that gdm no longer obeys a .dmrc file in the user’s home directory, therefore placing that file in /etc/skel no longer does anything when pam_mkhomedir does its magic upon a user’s first login. Some reading on the web suggests that gdm now looks for a file in /var/lib/AccountsService/users/$LOGNAME which doesn’t exist in the server OS filesystem until after the new user first logs in. By now you see my conundrum…
Is there a way to change the default desktop for first-time logins globally?
Or better yet, let me set it in LDAP and have gdm read it from there?
Conceptually, the latter would be consistent with setting the default CLI shell. For example:
Thanks in advance! – RJ