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Re: Usermode splash screen/boot. what's the best approach?

On Tue, 4 Jan 2005 15:14:21 +0100, website <website_debian@tiscali.it> wrote:
> Hello to all.
> For now the main under developing project of bootsplash in userspace is
> usplash or ubuntusplash or miscrosplash. here is the main page:
> http://www.ubuntulinux.org/wiki/USplash

usplash is the way to go (and the U in front should mean "user-space"
and not Ubuntu, as this should apply to all distros and distros
flavors -- mepis, xandros, ubuntu, etc.. all debian-based distros);
but, since it will be sponsored in parts by the ubuntu people, they
can call it whatever they want on their end.
>From our end, though, debsplash is considered as 99% done, with the
only thing missing being a better rc script (which means we might have
to port sysv-rc package and ask users to install this new "ported"
package as a dependancy to debsplash).

For those interested in the current stage of debsplash, you can get it
from alioth:


Don't install it from debian packages yet, as I'm working on a new
sysv-rc package to include our modified /etc/init.d/rc script. That
way we won't have to dpkg-divert the existing rc script.

Then when debsplash is 100% done, we will move away from
fbsplash-based boot splash (meaning, patching the kernel and whatever
else) and work on a completely user-space system.

Now, going back to why NOT to use a X-based system for boot splash, it
doesn't matter how you do it, that approach will be overly complicated
for what's needed. You will have to deal with video cards, and a whole
bunch of other crap, plus the code may not be so easy to understand
once the whole thing is complete it. And let's not forgot licensing
issues as xorg/xfree etc.. are NOT gpl'ed. So we can't simply copy
code from it. And if we are going to do this, why not simply just make
the RedHat/Fedora boot splash system more generic so that Debian
systems can use it? I just think is a bad thing.

Luis M
System Administrator

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