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[openFATE 305493] Look at plymouth for splash during boot
Feature changed by: Robert Davies (robopensuse)
Feature #305493, revision 118
Title: Look at plymouth for splash during boot

openSUSE-11.2: Rejected by Stephan Kulow (coolo)
reject date: 2009-07-29 10:36:47
reject reason: running out of time and what we see so far is too little
too late ;(
Perhaps for 11.3, for 11.2 splashy sounds like the saver alternative.
Requester: Important

openSUSE-11.3: Rejected by Thomas Schmidt (digitaltomm)
reject reason: 11.3 is already released.
Requester: Important

openSUSE-11.4: Rejected by Rafael Belmonte (eaglescreen)
reject reason: Too late to include this in 11.4
Requester: Mandatory

openSUSE Distribution: Unconfirmed
Requester: Desirable

Requested by: Vincent Untz (vuntz)
Product Manager: (Novell)
Project Manager: (Novell)
Partner organization:

I wanted to open a fate feature about this when I first heard of
plymouth, but reading
really makes me think we should go this way.
Ray's comment starting with "Every flicker and mode change in the boot
process takes away from the whole experience." is especially
Is it okay to track the "don't show grub by default" here?
Note the broken link: is no longer
available.The authors have deleted this blog.

- Fedora Better Startup Feature (url:

#1: Rajko Matovic (rajko_m) (2008-11-30 00:32:58)
Cool idea.

#2: Kevin Dupuy (kdupuy9) (2009-01-17 21:42:12)
I like this idea. Flickers, dropping to text, etc. makes any OS look

#3: Armin Moradi (amoradi) (2009-01-19 19:49:55)
Agreed, those flickers are very unprofessional and annoying.

#4: Stijn Van Nieuwenhuyse (svnieuw) (2009-01-20 15:22:17)
With plymouth it would also be possible tot deliver a nice bootsplash
for far more setups than now are available. For example, my laptop does
not have an appropriate 16-bit widescreen framebuffer mode. Currently
the options are to have a stretched splash or have the framebuffer set
to the native (non 16-bit) resolution with bootsplash disabled. With
Fedora 10's plymouth I am able to get a good looking startup.

#5: Dean Hilkewich (deanjo13) (2009-02-18 04:54:31)
Please lets not have another "green" technology put into the distro
until it is completely ready. Usability has to become a priority before
"bells and whistles" at the cost of basic functionality. The last few
releases we have been pushing unready projects into the distro while
they are unstable and immature ie: PulseAudio, KDE 4.0, Beagle, etc and
it always turns around to bite openSUSE in the rear end.

#6: Eric Springer (erikina) (2009-02-22 03:10:46) (reply to #5)
Absolutely. However, my experience of plymouth has been all positive
(unlike all those technologies you have listed). My understanding is
that plymouth degrades gracefully on all hardware that doesn't support
it, leaving it no worse off. So if this is the case, and we're sure
that it's not going to cause problems -- I'd really like to see it in
openSUSE.<br /><br /> But yeah, stability/usability before shininess.

#7: Jan Engelhardt (jengelh) (2009-03-01 16:50:55)
Not sure where the problem is.. the openSUSE CD/DVD seemed to have only
two video mode switches - one as the bootloader moves into graphics
mode, and another when X is about to come up.

#8: Dean Hilkewich (deanjo13) (2009-03-01 17:11:00) (reply to #7)
Ya the appeal eludes me too. It's not like CRT's are the mainstream
anymore where you hear the *click* *click* even anymore.

#20: Bryan Stephenson (acreda1234) (2009-11-14 19:39:06) (reply to #8)
it may be a small issue but for the linux desktop to grow, it will
always be held against Win* and OSX and needs to look just a polished,
and most of my friends have Iphones if you know what i mean, only I
want android for it's better useability..

#23: Jan Engelhardt (jengelh) (2009-12-30 20:26:01) (reply to #8)
It's not about the modeswitch clicks, but about the flicker. In fact,
if the bootloader happens to use the same resolution as you start the
kernel framebuffer with, there is no flicker at all. Just ugly stripes
on the screen for a second (on some models).

#9: Luis Medinas (lmedinas) (2009-06-02 05:36:05)
Since 11.2 will ship a new kernel (KMS) and xorg 1.6 this is a good
idea to replace the old bootsplash (unmaintained). Please review this

#10: T. J. Brumfield (enderandrew) (2009-06-13 19:50:07)
Consider this a vote for plymouth, grub2, and hiden grub menu when
there is only one OS.

#11: Jose Ricardo De Leon Solis (derhundchen) (2009-06-22 04:28:18)
(reply to #10)
I agree: plymouth, grub2 and the hidden grub menu would be desirable

#12: Luis Medinas (lmedinas) (2009-07-20 04:32:50)
There are some packages available for openSUSE Factory[1]. Don't know
what's the status since i didn't test it yet.
1 -

#13: Holger Macht (hmacht) (2009-07-20 09:59:34)
Just a note to keep the graphical suspend in mind. We currently use
splashy for suspend/resume and for booting. Whatever
there is done, please consider getting rid of the second splash system
in openSUSE. There should only be one which is used both for suspend
and booting.

#17: (brejc8) (2009-10-11 22:22:12) (reply to #13)
There are patches sent to the user-level-suspend team which allow
plymouth to be used as the graphical system (in place of splashy). This
would reduce the number applications which have themed.

#14: Luis Medinas (lmedinas) (2009-07-20 17:20:55)
Yes is not acceptable using 2 applications for common stuff. We should
move to splashy (which supports both features) or plymouth.
Anyone want to came with a theme for opensuse ? Maybe the artwork team
have a word here.

#15: Jakub Steiner (jimmacfx) (2009-07-20 20:14:11) (reply to #14)
the artwork "team" has to create themes for both splashy and bootsplash
now. On top of that, bootsplash has a really nasty theming system. I
would really favor having to worry about splashy only.
The flicker-free aspect of plymouth is extremely appealing, so if it
can do what splashy does, let's go for it.
I really just wish the bootsplash zombie died for opensuse at last!

#16: Giorgos Koutsikos (ragecryx) (2009-07-28 02:51:02)
Just to mention that Plymouth sources are hosted in the Git repository
of ( just in case
anyone want to try it out (or any packager want to pack latest

#18: Bart Otten (bartotten) (2009-10-13 15:58:44)
Any progress regaerding this feature? Would be nice to have it in 11.3

#19: Thomas Sundell (thsundel) (2009-10-20 09:08:40)
Nice feature, would be nice to see plymouth in 11.3

#21: Ludwig Nussel (lnussel) (2009-11-26 09:47:05)
Switching splash screen technology probably requires integration with
boot.crypto. Please notify me in time if there are changes.

#22: Jan Engelhardt (jengelh) (2009-12-26 02:02:13)
If it helps reducing the number of bootsplash implementations SUSE has
to ship with, yes please.

#24: Atri Bhattacharya (badshah400) (2010-01-02 21:03:52)
Some useful points about how the guys at Fedora made plymouth work are
summarised here
The main points the author makes are:-
"... The way we accomplished this was:
1) I gave “plymouth quit” a “–retain-splash” option which told plymouth
to keep the boot splash’s contents on screen even after plymouth exits
2) krh ( and ajax
( added a -nr option to the X server to
make X not clear the screen to black (or a weave) at start up
3) krh, airlied ( , and darktama
( (Ben Skeggs) added the driver backend
support for -nr to intel, ati, and nouveau drivers respectiviely. Also,
Bill Nottingham made -nr work with the fbdev X driver.
4) ajax made the ugly big “X” mouse cursor not show up by default
5) I made gdm stuff the screen contents to a pixmap referenced by the
pseudo-standard _XROOTPMAP_ID root window property
6) I also made gnome-settings-daemon cross fade from the _XROOTPMAP_ID
pixmap when it loads its background. This step meant we also get a nice
transition from gdm to the user’s session, because it also causes a
crossfade to happen from gdm’s background to the user’s background
during login.
Another big piece to the puzzle was kernel modesetting. This is what
makes sure the right mode is set at boot up from the start. Jesse
Barnes ( and krh did
most of the work for that in the Intel driver (based on top of the
memory manager work anholt, keithp, and other Intel crew did), while
airlied did it for the ati driver, and darktama did it for nouveau ...
one big wrinkle in the whole process is the hand off from plymouth to
gdm. Plymouth exits, leaving the system in KD_GRAPHICS mode and hopes
that X starts and picks up the peices. This is not a very robust
design, because if X doesn’t start, the system will be stuck in
KD_GRAPHICS mode and the user won’t be able to switch VTs or really do
anything at all, but reboot ..."
Just thought it might be useful if openSUSE tries to implement it for

#25: Thomas Sundell (thsundel) (2010-01-28 21:17:32)
Will we have a new boot splash system in 11.3?

#26: Stephan Kulow (coolo) (2010-01-29 10:43:46) (reply to #25)
I'm not aware of anyone working on it.

#27: Roman Bysh (romanator) (2010-01-31 02:18:09)
If we start now, it should be perfected by the time 12.0 is released.

#28: Stephan Kulow (coolo) (2010-02-01 11:16:08) (reply to #27)
Are you working on it? If so, I can set you as developer

#29: Kristen McWilliam (merrittkr) (2010-02-06 03:34:24)
Assuming stability can be achieved, I really like this idea. I can just
picture a little Geeko, sort of like the one on bootscreen now, turn
his head to look at you, curl his tail, eat a fly... It would add a
nice level of polish & "wow".

#30: Rémy Marquis (spyhawk) (2010-02-06 15:00:57) (reply to #29)
Well, before thinking what effects to ass on the future "bootsplash",
it would be good to have someone working on implementing plymouth on
openSUSE. There is still nobody willing to take care of this afaik.

#31: Jakub Rusinek (liviopl) (2010-02-10 19:26:55)
How can anybody tell us there's no benefit in it?
Using KMS makes it obsolete to set framebuffer mode, which hardly ever
reflects proper modes on widescreen screens. Proper resolution = proper
No benefit... Don't make me laugh. You can prepare a lot better splash
screens. Animated :) .
Bootsplash, USplash, Splashy - they should die.
Greatest disadvantage is (I guess) disability of creating shutdown
screen. I can't remember if Fedora had one.
They had animation ended with Fedora logo for startup and for shutdown
I've seen only Fedora logo all the time.
Then only nVIDIA users would have to wait for those dumbasses to
provide KMS support.

#33: Ralph Ulrich (ulenrich) (2010-03-18 21:44:17) (reply to #31)
Apropos shutdown screen:
Ubuntu now uses a tool for reporting shutdown lock events: Now Ubuntu
lucid shutdown is a second...
(But I am not able to report if ubuntu lucid shutdowns are clean

#34: Ralph Ulrich (ulenrich) (2010-03-18 21:46:57) (reply to #33)
Apropos ubuntu lucid plymouth:
Using kdm / kubuntu and there plymouth is really annoying...

#32: Tristan Miller (psych0naut) (2010-02-16 13:35:43)
The link in the original post no longer works.  Can someone post a

#35: Robert Xu (bravoall1552) (2010-04-13 04:07:11)
I definitely think openSUSE should catch up now. :)

#36: Martyn Hare (nthdegeek) (2010-08-04 20:16:33)
Stick with what is already here, it's superior in cases where things go
wrong and it doesn't depend on KMS, which isn't available for NVIDIA
Plymouth is not reliable, one appears to be stuck with the splash
screen if Xorg can't load...  Or that was my experience when trying to
get NVIDIA drivers installed on Fedora.
Besides, KMS makes console->Xorg more seamless.  Red Hat's legacy RHGB
would be a superior option to plymouth in my honest opinion, as it has
better compatibility and one can do anything with it that Xorg can do

#37: Rafael Belmonte (eaglescreen) (2010-08-06 21:07:13)
Switch to plymouth is a good idea, but only when plymouth to be really
ready, Debian and Ubuntu for instance are having some bugs/problems
with plymouth at this date.

#38: jpxviii jpxviii (jpxviii) (2010-08-13 23:42:43)
I think the first is the stability, security and performance (speed,
etc ...) but if it can be pretty better and I think many will prefer to
take 10s and 20s do not see an animation. It might be a good idea to
add the program when mature.

#39: Daniel Zeleny (leinad965) (2010-08-17 20:01:17)
Plymouth in Ubuntu 10.04 on notebook with NVidia proprietary drivers
seems very ugly. I want see nice splash not the heinous splash like in

#40: Nelson Marques (ketheriel) (2010-09-08 03:42:41)
I would love to see plymouth with openSUSE. The sad truth as ATI user
is that proprietary drivers are a nightmare, and since Radeon does
offer all the acceleration I need, it would be nice.
I would though recommend before implementation to check a couple of
- Fedora patch to fix the transitions between plymouth and GDM, which
is something Ubuntu has implemented. This makes it awesome.
- For those without KMS, you can still use Plymouth on boot with vesa
frame buffer, so that's not really a problem.
- We shouldn't judge Plymouth by the poor implementation offered by
Ubuntu. We are not Ubuntu, Fedora and Red Hat did it way nice.
- OpenSource drivers are advancing fast, and for most users Plymouth
will cool. For those who choose to run proprietary drivers, who cares.
Ask ATI or Nvidia to improve the drivers... Intel drivers do work fine,
at least under Fedora.
And by the way, for the proprietary driver people... look you already
have screen flickering with the current software, so it will be the
same with plymouth and unsupported drivers.
Plymouth for the win!

#41: Rémy Marquis (spyhawk) (2010-10-03 15:52:15)
I started to implement this feature. There is still lot of work to do,
and any help is warmly welcome.
* I provide some packages in my personal repo (latest stable version,
0.8.3). The actual packaging is crappy and need to be fixed to follow
suse packaging guideline (%suse_update_desktop_file, /usr/lib instead
of /lib, etc.). I also added a patch to support libpng14. 
* I replaced the Fedora old mkinitrd/dracut scripts with new suse
mkinitrd scripts. The setup script gets Plymouth correctly packaged
into the initrd file, but the boot script needs to be
debuggued/rewritten. Actually, the plymouth graphical interface
immediately falls back to the plymouth text interface when booting.
* No shutdown/suspend/wake up scripts available at the moment.
* Tested with nouveau, I've no idea how it works with no kms enabled
video driver.
The provided packages are work in progress and experimental, please
ensure to make a backup of your initrd before testing if you want to
help to implement this feature (cp /boot/initrd-xxx /boot/initrd.ori)
so you'll still be able to boot if a problem occurs (and it *will*
Again, there is still lot of work to do, and any help is warmly
welcome. :)

#42: Nelson Marques (ketheriel) (2010-10-11 19:03:43) (reply to #41)
Without KMS it should fallback to the standard framebuffer. I'm not
sure about swapping /lib for /usr/lib. You based your work on Fedora
packaging, and the libs are in /lib most likely because of dracut
(which we don't use) for the initrd. It's actually pointed in the
documentation (if I recall correctly).
I'm going to install Grub2 so I can mess with it having the normal
openSUSE Grub as a chain of Grub2 so I don't vaporize anything.
Thanks for doing this.

#43: Kshitij Kulshreshtha (polyconvex) (2011-02-15 09:34:53)
If I remember correctly some months ago, right after 11.3 was released,
Egbert Eich sent a patch to opensuse-kernel that in conjunction with a
couple of patches to the xorg-x11-server and xorg-x11-driver-video
would give a flicker-free-no-black-screen-between transition from the
opensuse bootsplash to the kdm login screen. I am not sure why this
patch was not picked up and landed in the opensuse kernel. The patch to
xorg-x11-server has already been applied, but the patch to xorg-x11-
driver-video was removed yesterday too, since it wasn't applying after
changes upstream. (I have a rebased version of the patch though, that
does work.) The kernel patch has totally been forgotten. Since
drivers/video/bootsplash/* is a totaly suse thing, and does not exist
upstream, it can't be that they're waiting for upstream.

#44: Kshitij Kulshreshtha (polyconvex) (2011-02-21 11:43:55) (reply to
From the changelog of the xorg-x11-driver-video package in Factory I see
that the patch mentioned in my earlier comment has been rebased and
reapplied by eeich. But the kernel patch to copy framebuffer from one
vt to another is still missing.

#45: Robert Xu (bravoall1552) (2011-03-15 01:48:42)
I can't understand why plymouth still isn't in openSUSE. Come on, guys,
you can do better than this! Especially, if there is no KMS, you can
fall back with the standard vga! :(
(Yes, I am passionate about seeing this in a great distro like SuSE :

#46: Rémy Marquis (spyhawk) (2011-03-16 16:02:50) (reply to #45)
Because you didn't send any patch. Please stop complaining and help to
make it. (Btw, I don't have a personal machine to work on this, feel
free to grab my half-working and buggy packages in my repo.)

#47: Robert Xu (bravoall1552) (2011-03-17 03:43:03) (reply to #46)
Well, I could continue if you added an openSUSE 11.4 repository to your

#48: Rémy Marquis (spyhawk) (2011-03-17 11:18:05) (reply to #47)
Added you as maintainer. You could also copy the files in your own repo
if you wish.

#49: Ankleface Wroughtlandmire (bummmm) (2011-04-19 15:58:33)
This seems pointless. Plymouth also flickers during bootup, at least it
does in Ubuntu. And furthermore it presents a lot of major problems
with a lot of hardware that produces garbled or even blank bootscreens
on a LOT of common hardware. Not a good solution. Let's just try make
openSUSE stable so that we don't need to see the bootscreen very

#50: Arvydas Dapkunas (adenozinas) (2011-05-29 09:36:33) (reply to
You might be right about the challenges that arise. It's not the bootscreen
that make the OS excellent, but it's these small differences that makes
a difference. Finally, if I'm not mistaken, it's still second most
voted feature in openFATE! It is though unfortunate that there's not
enough of motivated and 'skilled muscle' to make this feature happen.

+ #51: Robert Davies (robopensuse) (2011-06-28 14:35:55) (reply to #49)
+ Booting is getting so fast the need for pretty splash screens and such
+ lessons. With 12.1 M2 my late 2007 Athlon X2 box gets to KDE startup
+ screen in seconds with normal hard disk; almost as fast as Win7
+ installed to an SSD.
+ May be the way releases like SuSE 8.2, becomes relevant again? Perhaps
+ put text of "slow" commands visible, so user's attention is drawn to
+ what's holding things up? eg) udev device scan which had "many dots",
+ mount of loopback file systems or dhcp query to start networking. The
+ normal rapid boot case, might mean a "Starting openSUSE Linux ..."
+ banner on console suffices for user feedback. Just food for thought.

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