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A Closer Look At Red Hat's Plymouth

Michael Larabel

Published on 28 October 2008
Written by Michael Larabel
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The details plug-in displays the boot messages on the screen instead of a splash screen. Instead of permanently switching to this plug-in, by hitting the escape key from within a splash plug-in should fallback to these boot messages, which are nicely displayed at the system's native resolution.

Lastly, if you missed the Spinfinity plug-in from our earlier article, here it is below.

That about covers what there is to talk about with Plymouth. Plymouth provides a very nice graphical boot process on Fedora that is aided by the emerging kernel-based mode-setting support. Ultimately, Plymouth should work its way into Red Hat Enterprise Linux once it and KMS have both been stabilized. It would also be nice to see Plymouth (or some adaptation of it) supported by other Linux distributions. Having Plymouth will not lead Linux to having a greater market-share, but it's darn nice to look at, allows extensive customization abilities, provides a flicker-free experience, and is certainly more efficient than RHGB where it had relied upon an X Server.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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