First of all I normally don’t care much about eye candy stuff, but recently my girlfriend told me that she found it quite boring to see the boot log scrolling by. Because I have never set up a boot splash before, I gave it a try.
Patching the kernel
cd /usr/src/linux; patch -Np1 -i bootsplash.diff
Configuring the kernel
Afterwards we can configure our kernel with
make menuconfig. The
following options should be compiled in.
Code maturity level options ---> [*] Prompt for development and/or incomplete code/drivers Processor type and features ---> [*] MTRR (Memory Type Range Register) support Device Drivers ---> Block devices ---> <*> Loopback device support <*> RAM disk support (4096) Default RAM disk size [*] Initial RAM disk (initrd) support Graphics support ---> [*] Support for frame buffer devices [*] VESA VGA graphics support Console display driver support ---> [*] Video mode selection support <*> Framebuffer Console support Bootsplash configuration ---> [*] Bootup splash screen
Next we have to set up some user space tools, to accomplish this we add 2 temporary lines to our sources.list
cat >> /etc/apt/sources.list << "EOF" deb http://debian.bootsplash.de unstable main deb-src http://debian.bootsplash.de unstable main EOF
Now we are ready to install a the needed packages.
apt-get install bootsplash sysv-rc-bootsplash
Normally debconf should ask you a few questions and create a
initrd.splash. However, if this doesn’t happen, you can do it
splash -s -f /etc/bootsplash/themes/default/config/bootsplash-1024x768.cfg > /boot/initrd.splash
Adjusting the boot loader
The last step is to adjust our boot loader configuration. Here are the
relevant entries from my
title Debian GNU/Linux Sid / 2.6.13 splash root(hd0,0) kernel /linux-2.6.13-splash vga=791 splash=silent initrd /initrd.splash
Enjoy your boot splash.