Debian Bootsplash Themes

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You are a Debian user. Everytime you boot up the system, you see long list of text messages scrolling past. After a long wait you see that graphical login screen.

Now one fine day you happen to see a friend using another distribution such as SUSE (or MS Windows). Instead of the scrolling text messages you see a beautiful graphical screen, may be even with a progress bar. And you start wondering, why can't I do this in debian?

That's exactly what Debian bootsplash themes project is intented for. Here you will find a bunch of Debian packages that provide a graphical boot process for Debian GNU/Linux operating system.

The bootsplash project gives you a nice graphical boot screen with progress bar, animations, etc. However, there are a number of manual steps to correctly set up bootsplash on a Debian system. This may not be very easy if you are new to Linux or doesn't have time to spend.

This is where this project comes to help. All you need to see a nice attractive bootsplash screen is to download and install the right set of packages available here. There are a number of bootsplash themes available as debian packages. You may choose the one you like.

System Requirements

You should be running a system with:

You also need the bootsplash debian package (version 3.3-6 or greater) installed.

What should I download?

All packages are available under the sourceforge download page. Pick the latest version of all packages available.

First download these two basic packages:

  1. linux-image-bstheme
  2. bstheme-common

Now you should download packages for bootsplash themes of your choice. Screenshots are available here for every theme.

How do I install?

You should login as root to install bootsplash themes. If you do not have root privileges, contact your system administrator.

I assume that you have downloaded the necessary packages to /tmp. Execute the following commands from the command prompt. Replace the package names, if you are using different versions.

# cd /tmp
# dpkg -i linux-image-2.6.18-1-bstheme-686_2.6.18.bstheme.1-1_i386.deb
# dpkg -i bstheme-common_0.1-1_all.deb

The above commands install a bootsplash compatible kernel and common functionality for themes. Remember that installing these two packages is a one-time affair. You do not have to repeat this for every theme you choose.

The next step is to install the theme you have chosen. The example below shows how to install tuxosx theme. Replace the package name appropriately if you choose to use another theme.

# dpkg -i bstheme-tuxosx_0.3-1_all.deb
# bstheme install bstheme-tuxosx 2.6.18-1-bstheme-686

Restart the system and from the grub boot menu choose the new kernel you have installed. Enjoy!!!

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