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thefish123
December 29th, 2008, 03:59 PM
Hi everyone. I am a former (and possibly future ;)) openSUSE user. For years I really liked SUSE but recently I have installed Ubuntu 8.10 and I am really impressed with it.

However it looks like they haven’t put much thought into the console. I mean the good old text-based TTY’s (pressing Ctrl+Alt+F1). Under Suse 10.3 there was a really nice “watermark” on the tty1 console and all the other virtual consoles had “normal” resolution.

Under Ubuntu I cannot figure out how to:

a) get tty1 to clear before presenting the login prompt
b) get tty1 to have a nice “Ubuntu branded” watermark
c) get the resolution/font to look “normal” on all the tty’s
d) get a graphical "Ubuntu branded" GRUB

Any assistance in these areas would be great! I am pretty sure if I can resolve this and get back to reading my Gmail via alpine/pine on TTY1 I will be happy :-)

Thanks,
The Fish

albinootje
December 29th, 2008, 06:20 PM
d) get a graphical "Ubuntu branded" GRUB


Perhaps Startup-Manager can help you with this.
http://web.telia.com/~u88005282/sum/screenshots.html

See also : https://help.ubuntu.com/community/USplashCustomizationHowto

Install : apt://startupmanager

And what about a fancy looking terminal in X (that's easier to accomplish I think) or are you a console only user ?

x1a4
December 29th, 2008, 08:56 PM
Hi,
You need to remove usplash and install Splashy (http://splashy.alioth.debian.org/) (formally BootSplash (http://www.bootsplash.org/))

albinootje
December 29th, 2008, 09:07 PM
Hi,
You need to remove usplash and install Splashy (http://splashy.alioth.debian.org/) (formally BootSplash (http://www.bootsplash.org/))

Thanks.
It's available in Ubuntu Universe :
http://packages.ubuntu.com/search?keywords=splashy

x1a4
December 30th, 2008, 03:47 AM
Don't use the version in the Ubuntu repos. It's outdated and buggy. Use the Debian version which is newer and more stable.

thefish123
December 31st, 2008, 03:46 AM
Don't use the version in the Ubuntu repos. It's outdated and buggy. Use the Debian version which is newer and more stable.Sorry in advance if this is a dumb question but where do I find the Debian version?

x1a4
December 31st, 2008, 04:26 AM
Click Splashy in post #3 and click Install. It will ask you to add

deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian unstable main
to your repos.

Install splashy (with it's deps.(will update some libraries--good)) only.

After install, comment the Debian repos; reupdate package lists; install splashy-themes from the *buntu repos;


EDIT: Installing Splashy from source can also be fun.
To compile Splashy yourself you'll need the following additional applications:
*
autoconf 2.59 (or newer)
*
automake 1.9 (or newer)
*
libproc development files
*
libsysfs development files
*
libtool 1.5 (or newer)
*
make
*
pkg-config 0.14.0 (or newer)
*
directfb 0.9.22 ⇐ N ⇐ 1.0.x (directfb 1.2 and up won't work)
*
glib2
*
libmagic or file-devel
*
libjpeg and/or libpng (optional)

EDIT: When installing Splashy make sure you have /boot mounted. Umount it when done.

sdibias
December 31st, 2008, 05:04 AM
I have been trying to figure out why Ubuntu does this? For months I have been using SUSE 11 and more recently 11.1 and I love the beauty of dropping into terminal, but in Ubuntu even the fonts are all big and goofy. I hope they change this in 9.04 however I wont hold my breath. On a brighter note I do love Ubuntu and anything Debian related :)

x1a4
January 1st, 2009, 09:34 AM
I have been trying to figure out why Ubuntu does this?
To reduce the weight of the OS. Use either kbd or directfb--your choice. try between console-tools and kbd. Checkout the available fonts, make a decision. Keep the one you like.

EDIT: Use different fonts for different consoles. Set a similar yet different background image for the various consoles. Configure however you like.

superfunkymonkey
January 6th, 2009, 04:36 AM
This forum is very helpful, but I still don't see how to get the console (e.g. tty1) to have a background / watermark. Can anyone explain?

What's turning up on google leads me to believe one would have to patch the kernel, but I don't understand why this would be if you can already see a frame buffer splash screen, why can't you have a frame buffer background behind the console without tweaking the kernel?