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Old 10-02-2007, 09:47 PM   #1
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Decent boot splash in fedora 7?

Hey Guys,

I have been working on this for quite a while now, and I haven't made much progress... And I'm starting to go insane...

I want to have a boot splash screen that hides all boot text after grub... I've tried Splashy, but for the life of me I can't get it working in initrd.img. I've tried everything I can think of... All the dependencies of splashy are in the initrd.img... I keep getting "splashy_start_splashy Error -2" messages... And I'm starting splashy at the tail end of the "init" script just to make sure that it's in the right place...

I've seen fbsplash, but I can't get it to compile, nor do I have any idea how to make it work for fedora 7. I get errors like:

ttf.c(.text+0x238): undefined reference to `FT_LOAD_Glyph`

I found a page about using "gensplash" for fedora (which is the old name for fbsplash), but the author told me that he needs to figure it out and update the guide, but he doesn't have much time.

I've tried using rhgb, but it starts way late in rc.sysinit, and it almost becomes pointless in having a boot screen at all. Plus the system isn't going to have a mouse, and I don't want a mouse. I want to be able to customize a single background image... Not two carefully places graphics.

I also want to see if I can customize the penguin that comes up in frame buffer mode... (although if I had a decent splash, this wouldn't be showing anyway).

The fedora system I plan on running doesn't have a desktop manager, nor do I plan on having one. It has the base packages and the X Window system (no gdm). I spawn a game through /etc/inittab and it serves as the desktop manger. (This is for an arcade box).

#splashy (freenode) wouldn't help me, spock (author of fbsplash) is unavailable... I don't want to use ubuntu because I need revisor, and reconstructor isn't as powerful... Not really used to debian systems either.

Any ideas? (other than use rhgb, or don't use a boot splash)
Old 10-09-2007, 10:22 PM   #2
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hey use bootsplash it doesnt need the mouse.
only tricky part is getin bootsplash utils complied
Old 10-19-2007, 06:31 PM   #3
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i tried that to!
and come to only one conclusion:
all those "splash screen" managers (or whatever those are) are in mock up phase only and do not work that great as you may expect it

my advise would be to use rhgb (red hat graphical boot)instead because it is quite stable and reliable
you may even change the picture that comes with it

or you may chose not to use any graphical boot managers and that way your fedora will boot a few seconds faster
Old 07-24-2008, 02:24 AM   #4
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I have installed and configured both bootsplash and splashy on fedora core 8 & fedora core 5, however I havn't been able to make progress bar work on splashy. I can post complete howto for bootsplash and splashy if anyone needs it


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