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    A Beginner's Guide to Theming GRUB2

    Would you like to learn to theme GRUB2? Now, when I say theme GRUB2, I don't mean to simply add a wallpaper and change the text's colors. I'm talking about adding graphics, different fonts, scrollbar, progress bar etc. Check out the attached file for a screenshot of what's possible.

    Interested? Well it's all explained in my latest tutorial 'A Beginner's Guide to Theming GRUB2'. It's a 37 page PDF document that explains it all. Of course, 37 pages complete with screenshots and a sample theme is quite a lot to post. So it's all in my tutorial available here: (This is obsolete, but is still there)

    Edit: Apparently, now requires you to login or register before downloading files. For this reason, I have moved the file from there and have published it from my Ubuntu One account.

    The 2nd and 3rd editions are now available for download here:

    This now covers GRUB v1.99 for the following distros:
    • Arch Linux 2011.08.19 using GRUB 1.99-5
    • Debian Squeeze using GRUB 1.99-14 from Debian Wheezy
    • Debian Wheezy using GRUB 1.99-14
    • Fedora 14 (Laughlin) and Fedora 15 (Lovelock) using GRUB 1.99-13.fc16 from Fedora 16
    • Fedora 16 (Verne) using GRUB 1.99-13.fc16
    • LinuxMint 10 (Julia) using GRUB 1.99-12ubuntu5-1linuxmint1 from LinuxMint 12
    • LinuxMint 12 (Lisa) using GRUB 1.99-12ubuntu5-1linuxmint1
    • Mandriva 2011.0 (Turtle) using GRUB 1.99
    • openSUSE 11.3 (Teal) and openSUSE 11.4 (Celadon) using GRUB 1.99-8.7.2 from openSUSE 12.1
    • openSUSE 12.1 (Asparagus) using GRUB 1.99-8.7.2
    • Sabayon 7 using GRUB 1.99
    • Slackware Linux 13.37 using GRUB 1.99
    • Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid), 10.10 (Maverick) and 11.04 (Natty) using GRUB 1.99-12ubuntu3 from Ubuntu 11.10
    • Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric) using GRUB 1.99-12ubuntu5
    • VectorLinux 7.0 using GRUB 1.99

    It includes instructions to upgrade to GRUB 1.99 from the repos of the respective distros.

    I have left the 2nd edition, which covers GRUB 1.98, in the tar archive.

    Please feel free to post any comments or questions about it in this thread.

    You may post your themes here:

    Happy GRUB2 Theming.:
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    Last edited by towheedm; April 9th, 2012 at 05:01 PM.

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