Booting in the dark

David Reyes Samblas Martinez david at
Fri Feb 19 16:07:27 EST 2010

+1 to the 2 key to switch mode splash/text

2010/2/19 Gerald A <geraldablists at>:
> Heya,
> On Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 2:51 PM, Kristoffer Ericson
> <kristoffer.ericson at> wrote:
>> Splash screens are bad:
>> * You cannot see any output, You can therefore not get any useful
>> information what is happening
>> * Writing bug reports e.g "nothing happend for 15min, I turned it off"
>> sucks.
>> * People dont care about nice bootlogos if bad things happen.
>> Turning off kernel boot output (twisting it into serial) is bad:
>> * see above.
>> I suggest that you create a splash screen that is covering about 1/4 of
>> the screen
>> (to show logo/version..). And activate the kernel output so people can see
>> what is happening. That way it can look "consumer-friendly" while still
>> providing
>> useful information.
> I've been on both sides of this coin, and the best option would be a splash
> screen that can be easily made to go away.
> "Looking consumer friendly" is an oxymoron. Those "funny screens from the
> matrix" make people scared, really. Better to have a pretty picture that
> lets them know something is happening.
> Being able to touch a key or two should hide the image and pop up a full
> text boot screen. Even better would be some option that can be written
> somewhere to allow you to have the booting method you want, whether it be
> text or splash. (It could even be a build option -- "RELEASE" is default
> splash, and anything else is text).
> While I personally understand and can read the text boot screens, end users
> don't like them, and we shouldn't impose our likes on them.
> Gerald
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