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Animated Grub Splash Screen

Posted 12-05-2009 at 10:49 AM by raju.mopidevi
Updated 02-09-2010 at 07:37 PM by raju.mopidevi

In a openSUSE linux system we can edit OS selection Screen with animated penguins.

Animated Penguin GRUB splash Screen

  1. Create a temporary new directory in your home folder. (You can create it anywhere, but for simplicity, I will say the path as the home folder and the directory name as new).
  2. Now copy the file message from the /boot folder in this directory using the command, ‘cp /boot/message new’.
  3. Now change into the new directory, ‘cd new’.
  4. Extract the files from the archieve message using the command, ‘cpio -i < message’.
  5. Now minimize the terminal and open the directory new that you created. Edit the file ‘gfxboot.cfg’ using your favorite text editor.
  6. The file will contain a line ‘penguin=-1′ (for openSUSE 10.2) or ‘penguin=0′ (for openSUSE 10.3). Change it to ‘penguin=100′. Save the file.
  7. This number, 100, 0 or -1 is the probability of the penguin screen being shown. -1 is random. 0 means that penguin will never be shown and 100 means that it will be shown all the time you boot your computer.
  8. Coming back to the poceedings, delete the message file in the directory new by typing ‘rm message’ in the terminal.
  9. Now enter command ‘ls . | cpio -o > message’ to recompress the archieve.
  10. Now the last step, enter the command ’sudo cp message /boot’, enter your root password if required and you are done. Next time you boot up, you will be greeted by the penguins depending on the probability set by you.
  11. And you are done. Enjoy.
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