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  • Ubuntu 9.10 Gets A New Splash Screen, Not Plymouth

    Phoronix: Ubuntu 9.10 Gets A New Splash Screen, Not Plymouth

    Introduced last year with Fedora 10 was Plymouth, a project to replace the aging Red Hat Graphical Boot (RHGB) software. From the start, Plymouth leveraged kernel mode-setting to provide a flicker-free boot process and a splash screen that would run at the panel's native resolution...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzQ4Mw

  • #2
    Isn't this basically what Fedora used to do, using rhgb? It used a normal X server if I remember correctly?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by whizse View Post
      Isn't this basically what Fedora used to do, using rhgb? It used a normal X server if I remember correctly?
      RHGB used an X Server, yes, but did not maintain the same running X Server that's going to be used by the user on the desktop.
      Michael Larabel
      http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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      • #4
        Aha, thanks for the explanation.

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        • #5
          Kubuntu?

          Will this be in Kubuntu also? or is this just a Ubuntu thing again?!...

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          • #6
            And this is why I'll never use any ubuntu junk... rather than collaborating on existing (and usually superior) projects, everything they do is an insistence on reinventing the wheel.... poorly.

            Instead of XSplash, they should use PLYMOUTH.
            Instead of this "store" thing, they should use PACKAGEKIT.
            If those projects are lacking something, they should CONTRIBUTE TO THEM.

            STUPID, STUPID, STUPID.

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            • #7
              please provide an ogg theora video. this is a *linux* news page.

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              • #8
                I think the problem is hosting the files, are there any video sites which support Theora for user uploaded content?

                Or I guess Phoronix could host the video using BitTorrent?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by whizse View Post
                  I think the problem is hosting the files, are there any video sites which support Theora for user uploaded content?
                  http://www.dailymotion.com
                  http://tinyvid.tv/
                  http://archive.org/
                  http://commons.wikimedia.org/

                  all host Theora.

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                  • #10
                    Oh, great! I didn't know there were so many. No excuses then

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by lbcoder View Post
                      And this is why I'll never use any ubuntu junk... rather than collaborating on existing (and usually superior) projects, everything they do is an insistence on reinventing the wheel.... poorly.

                      Instead of XSplash, they should use PLYMOUTH.
                      Instead of this "store" thing, they should use PACKAGEKIT.
                      If those projects are lacking something, they should CONTRIBUTE TO THEM.

                      STUPID, STUPID, STUPID.
                      Well I like Ubuntu but this is just true. PackageKit has a nice GUI and was meant to solve all those problems with package management. Now they bring a "store", yet another app? Seriously?

                      And XSplash currently just fails. First it loads normally and then when the Gnome desktop should appear *and only then*, I see the new XSplash.

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                      • #12
                        Plus:

                        http://blip.tv
                        http://giss.tv/
                        http://omploader.org/
                        http://v2v.cc/

                        From:
                        http://wiki.xiph.org/List_of_Theora_...aring_Services

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                        • #13
                          Wow guys, don't give XSplash such a hard time.

                          Ofcourse it doesn't look good at the moment, it hasn't been properly implemented. First of all a new theme is coming, secondly the XServer is going to be started so quickly that usplash will cease to be shown to the user and xsplash will take over.

                          @lbcoder

                          Dude calm down! Diversity is what makes free software great! the Ubuntu devs saw that plymouth was too heavy and uneccessary if the XServer was going to be started so soon and so they created something that fitted their needs more.

                          It is this approach of creating better more-suited software that makes FOSS development progress.

                          About PackageKit, taken from the SoftwareStore wiki page:

                          "The implementation is based on Add/Remove Applications (gnome-app-install), but may use PackageKit for some components."

                          No offence but you guys need to read up a bit before bashing others work. I can see your frustration, but Ubuntu never locked you into anything, you can choose what you want.

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                          • #14
                            they should pay someone (or find a capable volunteer) and make the whole damn thing prettyer

                            from icons to splash to themes to whatever

                            ubuntu (and most distros) lacks elegance

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                            • #15
                              I'd personally opt for no splash at all. The goal is to make Ubuntu start in 10 seconds. Do we really need to be looking at an intricate loading screen for 10 seconds? I'd much rather see some text fly by. That reassures me that if the boot process should fail, I can see where it happened.

                              Maybe someone could make a text mode splash screen that shows "Loading... (press F2 for status messages)". Neat and simple.

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