Saturday, April 3, 2010

Plymouth : The new Graphical Boot of Fedora

Plymouth is the new graphical boot animation in place of the text messages that normally get shown corresponding to the services getting started. Fedora [Live CD] by default is supplied by only single Plymouth theme knows as 'plymouth-theme-charge', in which the boot process is animated with the Fedora Bubble getting filled up and finnaly it blasts off with white light.

There are multiple other plymouth themes provided by Fedora which can be installed using YUM.
[root@xbox ~]# yum list all|grep plymouth-theme
plymouth-theme-charge.x86_64 0.8.0-0.2009. @updates
plymouth-theme-fade-in.x86_64 0.8.0-0.2009. @updates
plymouth-theme-script.x86_64 0.8.0-0.2009. @updates
plymouth-theme-solar.x86_64 0.8.0-0.2009. @updates
plymouth-theme-spinfinity.x86_64 0.8.0-0.2009. @updates
[root@xbox ~]#

All of the missing ones can be installed using
#yum install
or simply installing all of them
#yum install -y plymouth-theme

Ocnce installed the themes can be check under '/usr/share/plymouth/themes/' with a symbolic link under there 'default.plymouth' pointing to the one being used presently.

In order to change the default theme the user needs to run the following command
#plymouth-set-default-theme where is the name of the directory under '/usr/share/plymouth/themes/'
e.g. in oder to instal the solar theme one need to run.
#plymouth-set-default-theme solar
Doing this updates the symbolic link under the '/usr/share/plymouth/themes/' to the new theme. BUt this is not all, we need to update the same with initrd and for doing that user needs to run following.

Once this is done, the next time system is booted the Fedora Bubble will not be there and the new theme as selected by you will be there.


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