We've talked about Plymouth now a number of times at Phoronix, which is Red Hat's RHGB replacement
starting with Fedora 10
and uses newer Linux technologies like kernel mode-setting
to drive this graphical boot screen. As we shared in our detailed analysis of Plymouth
it also offers a number of plug-ins and APIs for creating some fairly unique visuals. Now it looks like Plymouth may make its way into Ubuntu.
There is now a Launchpad specification
to evaluate Plymouth for Ubuntu and potentially use it to replacement the current USplash project. Canonical's Matthew Paul Thomas confirmed on the developer mailing list
that Plymouth will also be discussed at the Ubuntu Developer Summit taking place in early December.
It certainly would be interesting if they switched to Plymouth in Ubuntu. If they did so in time for Ubuntu 9.04
it would mandate they use at least the Linux 2.6.29 kernel
in order to have the needed kernel mode-setting support
. Right now Fedora 10 is the only distribution shipping Plymouth. To see what Plymouth looks like, check out our Plymouth video