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Bootup with the Gentoo 2005.0 logo

Disclaimer : this document is not maintained anymore.

When you boot from the 2005.0 LiveCD you see an awesome Gentoo bootlogo and progress-bar -- and you wish you could impress your friends with it during your usual bootup? Here we go:

Note: splashutils only work on x86 and amd64 architectures perfectly at the moment. Support for ppc is in progress.
First of all, we need to emerge splashutils and splash-themes-livecd:

# emerge splash-themes-livecd
splashutils is a dependency of splash-themes-livecd

Now we have to create an initial boot-disk. You are free to change the resolution to your choice, but choose one that is available as a config file in /etc/splash/livecd-2005.0/:

Creation of an initrd with the 2005.0-splash. Be sure that /boot is mounted before you call the command
# splash_geninitramfs -v -g /boot/splash-livecd-2005.0-1024x768 -r 1024x768 livecd-2005.0

Check your kernel-config to make sure that "Initial RAM disk (initrd) support" is built in. You can find the option in "Device Drivers" --> "Block devices" --> "RAM disk support". Furthermore check that you are using an appropriate framebuffer for your video-card ("Graphics Support") or stick with the VESA-framebuffer. Usually splashutils should do the checks during the emerge-progress, but we want to be sure.

Now tell your bootloader that it should load the initrd with the 2005.0-splash:

Configure the bootloader
# nano -w /boot/grub/menu.lst
First change your kernel-boot-line to something like this (depends on your used framebuffer and further kernel-parameters):
kernel /boot/kernel-2.6.11-r6 root=/dev/hda3 video=vesafb:1024x768-32@72 splash=silent,theme:livecd-2005.0 quiet CONSOLE=/dev/tty1
You must use more than 8bpp (in this example it is 32, specified by 1024x768-32@72).

Add the following line to your kernel-config:
initrd /boot/splash-livecd-2005.0-1024x768

Now we have that nice bootup-splash installed. Finally we want a permanent Gentoo statusbar at the bottom of our terminal-session, like on the LiveCD. Therefore we have to change the default theme in /etc/splash:

Change the default splash
# cd /etc/splash
# rm default
# ln -s livecd-2005.0 default

This splash should be started after bootup has finished:

Add splash to the default runlevel
# rc-update add splash default

If you want to finetune the splash-theme, you should have a look at /etc/conf.d/splash. Happy Gentooing!


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