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

I just committed a few things to remove all the dpkg-divert* related
stuff from the debsplash-utils package.
You can get the source from Alioth's debsplash CVS repository and test
away. Remember to backup /etc/init.d/rc before you install
debsplash-utils (just in case). If anything goes wrong, you can simply
re-install sysv-rc.

After installing the debsplash-utils package, you will need to copy
/usr/share/doc/debsplash-utils/scripts/rc to /etc/init.d/rc by hand
(for now). Soon I'll have the sysv-rc fork ready, which will install
this file automatically for end-users.

I have a pre-patched kernel that people can use, to get it point your
browsers to:


Please be kind to my bandwith as I have NONE. That's a shitty
connection. Mirroing or .torrent-ing those files would be very good.

I'll also be putting the new debsplash-* deb packages in that URL soon...


On Tue, 04 Jan 2005 17:36:43 +0000, Luis Matos <gass@otiliamatos.ath.cx> wrote:
> Luis M wrote:
> >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.
> >
> >
> i agree ...  kernel splash introduces some more problems to kernel.
> >>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).
> >
> >
> good news i'm reading.
> >
> >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.
> >
> >
> >
> I agree ... bootsplash must not use X, i think, makes more dependency
> problems, and therefor servers without X can't use it.
> Also i agree with the problems from grafic card configuration.
> I will wait for the files to be in alioth, then i will test it.
> regards
> Luis Matos
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Luis M
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