ANNOUNCEMENT: splashy is ready for prime time
This is just to let all know that I've finally finished working all
the quirks for splashy and the C version of splashy is ready for prime
As you all know, splashy (a user-space, POSIX --a.k.a no distro
specific or even linux specific--, boot splash application) was ported
from C++ to C in an effort to minimize dependancies and hopefully get
a more robust, concise and fast binary that can at the same time be
customizable via an XML file.
The non-static version of splashy, which will run fine for 90% percent
of Linux (desktop) users, comprises a mere 15k after being compiled
and stripped. There is an on-going effort to get splashy to compile
statically. That effort has its merits for the other 10% of desktop
users -- namely the ones who have separate partitions for /usr.
The last bug that was waiting in the squashing FIFO was the F2/ESC
don't kill splashy bug. This has been fixed. And as of this moment,
there are no other major bugs waiting to be squashed, so, please hack
away splashy from the following sources.
Please note that this is mainly a beta quality software, so it's not
meant for newbies (yet). We will be releasing this in a very short
period. Once the release is made, splashy will enter debian
repositories and you (yes you newbies) will be able to install splashy
as any other debian application: apt-get update && apt-get install
splashy. However, if you don't mind breaking your box, here is the
info on how to get your hands on it:
NOTE: for those of you who were using usplash (our old name for the
project), debsplash (our fbsplash port from gentoo), bootsplash (that
old stuff that we used to pack before) or older versions of splashy
(anything with 0.1* version but not 0.1.1+SVN+7), you will need to
purge the older packages first before you install this one: apt-get
--purge remove $PACKAGES. Where $PACKAGES is one or more of those.
deb-src http://splashy.alioth.debian.org/debian unstable main
deb http://splashy.alioth.debian.org/debian unstable main
There are still a number of features that we would like to get in
splashy. So, if you think you can help us in anyway, please join us in
the IRC channel. It doesn't have to be code necessarily. Anything from
documentation, updating our wiki pages, a logo for the project, or
testing/debugging will do.
p.s. for those of you who were using the http://www.kiskeyix.org
repository, you can now switch to the one in alioth as this will be
the updated one from now on.
"We think basically you watch television to turn your brain off, and
you work on your computer when you want to turn your brain on" --
Steve Jobs in an interview for MacWorld Magazine 2004-Feb
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