Posted by: richlyn | June 27, 2010

Change Lucid Bootup and Login Screen

Ubuntu Lucid Lynx has switched from usplash to a Plymouth for display screen while the boot up completes. There is a general discontent with the purple color of the screen and the progress bars. A little delving in to Plymouth revealed it source to be the Ubuntu-logo script. So here is how a little tweak will change the boot up screen color to your choice.

Changing the Ubuntu logo:

edit the ubuntu-logo image in  /lib/plymouth/themes/

Changing the background color of the boot up screen:

  • sudo gedit ubuntu-logo.script

Find these lines:

Window.SetBackgroundTopColor (0.16, 0.00, 0.12); # Nice colour on top of the screen fading to
Window.SetBackgroundBottomColor (0.16, 0.00, 0.12); # an equally nice colour on the bottom

change the color value to one of your choice, 0.0.0 will give you a black background. i found this color calculator helpful.

Window.SetBackgroundTopColor (0.00, 0.00, 0.00); # Nice colour on top of the screen fading to
Window.SetBackgroundBottomColor (0.00, 0.00, 0.00); # an equally nice colour on the bottom

  • uname -r
  • sudo update-initramfs -c -k ‘uname -r’

Changing the login screen:

Move your wallpaper (jpg format only) to the system wallpaper directory

sudo mv /wallpaper.jpg /usr/share/backgrounds

Activate the appearance window on loginlucid-login-appearance

sudo cp /usr/share/applications/gnome-appearance-properties.desktop /usr/share/gdm/autostart/LoginWindow

Close the terminal and logout.

Login again and an appearance window will show up, choose your choice of wallpaper as the background.

click on Add if you are unable to find your wallpaper. This will change your login screen.

After you login deactivate the appearance window on login

sudo unlink /usr/share/gdm/autostart/LoginWindow/gnome-appearance-properties.desktop

you can change the Ubuntu logo by editing image in:

  /lib/plymouth/themes/ubuntu-logo


Responses

  1. I’ve got between 20/12 and 20/15 vision (6/4.8 – 6/3.8 UK), and I still think all your text beginning with “Changing the Ubuntu logo:” is on the a-little-too-small side. Okay for something short like this, but if this were a tutorial on say, compiling ffmpeg, I would have found somewhere else. Just some constructive feedback.

  2. Thanks Akihiko
    feedback always appreciated.


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