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What's New In The Land Of Plymouth?

Red Hat

Published on 22 October 2011 02:15 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Red Hat
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One of the open-source projects that hasn't been talked about in a while on Phoronix (over one year) is Red Hat's Plymouth project.

Plymouth is still around and is used by Fedora, Ubuntu, Mandriva, and other Linux distributions as its boot splashscreen. However, there hasn't been much to report on now that Plymouth is fairly mature and there's not much more to get out of this booth splash screen that leverages kernel mode-setting for a clean and dynamic experience.

Plymouth hasn't seen a new official release since early 2010, but there's still new activity: about 200 code commits since this last release. In the Plymouth git repository there are commits from time to time, but nothing overly huge has been introduced in quite a while -- it mostly comes down to bug-fixes and minor enhancements (e.g. font selection for themes). The Plymouth mailing list is also very light. There has been some talk though of using Plymouth when Linux enters and exits its hibernation mode, etc. Simply put, however, there isn't much new activity in the land of Plymouth.

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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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