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    Phoronix: Red Hat's Plymouth Sees New Work

    Not a lot of work has gone into Red Hat's Plymouth project since the release of Fedora 10, but now in the middle of the development cycle of Fedora 11 we are seeing some new work emerge. Plymouth is a boot splash program that leverages kernel mode-setting to provide a rich, flicker-free boot experience...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzExOA

  • #2
    For some reason I read "Red Hat's Plymouth sees New York" the first time...
    It was only after I read the article that I realized it is "New Work", not "New York" :P

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    • #3
      Originally posted by JeanPaul145 View Post
      For some reason I read "Red Hat's Plymouth sees New York" the first time...
      It was only after I read the article that I realized it is "New Work", not "New York" :P
      same here...
      when i read the descritption of the new plugin i thought, when is all this supposed to happen when we are working so hard to have insant-on computers...

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Pfanne View Post
        same here...
        when i read the descritption of the new plugin i thought, when is all this supposed to happen when we are working so hard to have insant-on computers...
        I'm thinking it will be like an extended lightning flash then, much like the mode setting when it's done outside the kernel. Only then, the flash consists of nice gfx

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        • #5
          Atm there's not really a lot of documentation out there (I've read doc in the git tree), so excuse me, if I ask:

          Which files exactly would one have to tune to get it to work with let's say Debian?


          I'd like to give it a try (in fact I've got modesetting working here nearly without issues) but I realize that changing the boot-process of a system doesn't seem to be an easy task (at least if you are not involved into such stuff).


          Are there any plans for Debian?
          (No, I'm not asking about Ubuntu and their upstart.)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by AliBaba View Post
            Atm there's not really a lot of documentation out there (I've read doc in the git tree), so excuse me, if I ask:

            Which files exactly would one have to tune to get it to work with let's say Debian?


            I'd like to give it a try (in fact I've got modesetting working here nearly without issues) but I realize that changing the boot-process of a system doesn't seem to be an easy task (at least if you are not involved into such stuff).


            Are there any plans for Debian?
            (No, I'm not asking about Ubuntu and their upstart.)
            Well you'll need a kernel and graphics card that plays nice with KMS. This basically means you'll need the latest kernel and either an intel or ati graphics card.

            Upstart is actually a replacement for the SystemV init system. Plymouth is more parallel to ubuntu's Usplash.

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            • #7
              Who cares about plymouth?

              In many ways it feels as though plymouth is a very small upside from kms. The wayland project on the other hand seems like it can make a real difference in the users experience after the brief boot window.

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              • #8
                Ideally, the transition from the boot splash animation to the login screen should be as seamless as possible.

                Will KMS utilize more graphics modes so that we don't have, for example, a 1024x768 splash screen followed by a 1280x800 X Server login screen?

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                • #9
                  Well KMS certainly is seemless, but my understanding is the display modes don't necessarily need to change.

                  One really nice change will be running X without giving it root priviledges.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by aaaantoine View Post
                    Ideally, the transition from the boot splash animation to the login screen should be as seamless as possible.

                    Will KMS utilize more graphics modes so that we don't have, for example, a 1024x768 splash screen followed by a 1280x800 X Server login screen?
                    From what I've seen so far, KMS (and therefore Plymouth) sets, among other things, the resolution to the preferred one right away, which means that once that has been done, all the things (Plymouth, X, and then fullblown GDM) are booted and displayed without any flickering / screen resolution changes.

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