Mugshot, Quick & Easy User Config

Shortly after adding user profile images to lightdm-gtk-greeter, we discovered that there is no way to actually change this image within Xubuntu.  We set out to to create a tool that would not only configure this, but also sync user settings across multiple applications.  Enter Mugshot.

Mugshot UIWhat is it?

Mugshot is a lightweight, easy-to-use user configuration utility.  It allows you to easily set profile image and user details for your user profile and any supported applications.  This is great for quick profile updates and frequent image refreshes.

Supported Applications

Currently, LibreOffice and Pidgin are the only supported external applications.  Other applications that retrieve user information from /etc/passwd will also be updated (including Abiword and Gnumeric).  This ultimately provides a wide coverage of desktop and terminal Linux applications.

Choosing a Profile Image

One of the key features of Mugshot (and the reason for its existence) is the ease of choosing a profile image.  Mugshot provides three methods of selection: a stock browser, webcam capture, and file selection (based on installed packages and hardware support).

How to Install Mugshot

This is the first official release of Mugshot, but there are already many ways to install it.  If you’re running Ubuntu, you can easily install either the daily or stable (recommended) PPA (instructions below).  Otherwise, you can download the source package from the Mugshot downloads page.  Following the installation, you will find Mugshot listed as “About Me” in your distribution’s Settings Manager.

Stable PPA (Recommended)

Open a terminal, and enter the following commands.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mugshot-dev/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mugshot

Daily PPA

Open a terminal, and enter the following commands.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mugshot-dev/daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mugshot

Reporting Bugs

This software is brand new, and is likely to have a number of bugs and “features”.  If you find something that doesn’t seem quite right, please take a moment to report bugs at the Mugshot Bugs page.

What do you think about Mugshot?  Any questions or suggestions (such as additional applications to support)?  Let me know in the comments!

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