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I wanted to add something to the default GRUB screen that greets you as you start Linux more nicely than monochrome text.
I did this using the splashscreen feature of GRUB version 1, the boot loader that I had installed.
I used Krita for some of the image manipulation, but GIMP is also a good app. On Debian, you can get GIMP as root with
apt-get install gimp
Splash images in GRUB have to be in .xpm or "X PixMap" format and they have to be 640x480...
Posted 12-15-2008 at 02:44 AM bybitpicker (Bitpicker's Blog: Random musings and rants)
I spent this weekend working on three notebooks. One was a Windows XP notebook I had been given because it was impossible to work with anymore, due to malware infestation. Two others (used notebooks) I had mail-ordered for a friend and a colleague of mine, respectively, to set up with Linux.
I got the Windows one on Thursday. It would take almost seven minutes to boot until it would respond to any input, but then it would quickly freeze thanks to an infection with a piece of scareware...
Since some time I am a bit reluctant to install Linux Open Suse. Last time I tried it with v11 trusting in the possibility to go back to Windows XP at least if it will not work. Result: the installation failed at a rather late point. I wanted to reboot. Also Windows was not possible anymore. Tried to uninstall, repair nothing worked. I had to format my C-Drive and reinstall everything new including the complicated activation of Windows XP.
I cannot afford to paralyze my PC if I want to try...
My first Linux came on 21 1.2 meg floppies.
Of course it was command line only and I liked it but only as an interesting OS.
At the time I was running IBM PC dos and OS2 2.0 .
My computer was a 286 16 mhz with 2.4 megs ram.
I added a co-processor and was quite happy with it but I was doing some circuit board designing so I had to remove the Linux and put dos and OS2 back.
My next Linux was redHat 4.
I installed it into my 486dx20 with 8 megs ram and a...