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Re: [opensuse] Getting rid of "Marching Penguins"
  • From: Benjamin Rosenberg <red.kryptonite@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 31 Dec 2006 12:01:36 -0600
  • Message-id: <5C1B78EE-DA25-4102-AF7B-6BB713429091@xxxxxxxxx>

On Dec 31, 2006, at 11:43 AM, Mike McMullin wrote:

On Sun, 2006-12-31 at 07:00 -0600, Glenn Holmer wrote:
On Saturday 30 December 2006 20:59, Benjamin Rosenberg wrote:
Now please stop lecturing us on what is good for a business
environment and what isn't .. because boot screens DO NOT qualify as
something to worry about in this instance. There are a great many of
us who have been in corporate environments for a great many years and
what you're saying is complete CRAP .. it's a boot screen you see for
a few seconds when you start your computer .. w00p!

First, drop the attitude. Then consider this scenario: your CEO calls
you and says "I understand we've been using this Linux thing for the
last eight years; I'd like to know more about it." When you explain
that you run it not only on the servers in the machine room but also on
your workstation and your laptop, he asks you to come to his office and
show it to him. You grab your laptop bag, walk into his office, switch
it on, and... first impressions are everything.

And you have of course had the presence of mind to customize your
splash screen to show something that will wow the d00d. Not to be
snarky about this, but think about it.


We could nitpick this to death. I mean what if you've put a custom picture in for your KDM/GDM splash, a wallpaper or whatever .. will you have time to disable all of that? Quite frankly if my boss discounted Linux because he saw my Superman GDM splash .. then he shouldn't be in charge of a group of tech geeks. :D But then again the director in my department has Harley icons, Harley wallpapers and a stupid little engine sound when he empties his Recycle Bin .. and as I've said I work for a pretty decent size CLEC. :D

Again, if the environment that one works in is that snotty about such things then disable the gfxboot ALL together .. make it as plain jane as possible by removing the RPM's that make the system able to even have pretty bootscreens. It's pretty simple. OH! That's right .. he didn't want to figure out how to change it so he'd not want to figure out which RPM's he'd have to remove. Damn! Forgot about that. ;D

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