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Moe Plymouth Theme
(with background picture)

Moe-nizing Your Boot Splash Theme (for 12.04 LTS - 16.10)

Caution: Plymouth startup screen might not be able to customize described on the left by the environment. Probably, you can confirm it in the state of the default startup screen.

デフォルトの起動画面(フルカラー対応)
Default boot splash screen
*Customizable.
デフォルトがテキスト表示の起動画面)
Default text style boot splash screen
*Not customizable.
To see "[note] Way to improve display quality."

Step 1. Get GUI interface for Plymouth.[for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS - 13.10/16.04 LTS - 16.10]

*Application of the following does not work with Ubuntu 14.04 - 15.10.Please refer to "Step 2. Install the Moe Plymouth theme.".

First, for making the Moe Plymouth theme installation easier,
from the Synaptic Package Manager, find “galternatives” and install it.
This “G Alternatives” is the GUI frontend of the Plymouth.

*The program name is “Alternatives Configurator” and it appears on the “System Tools” menu.

Image of G Alternatives

Step 2. Install the Moe Plymouth theme.

You can download moeplymouth_2.tar.gz as "plymouth theme with the Moe background picture" from here. In the case of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS - 16.10, you will be able to download the "moeplymouth_3.tar.gz" from here.
Put the uncompressed "moeplymouth_2" folder (with the files in it) into the "/lib/plymouth/themes" directory, in the case of "moeplymouth_3" add to "/usr/share/plymouth/themes" directory.

*This operation requires admin (root) account. From the Terminal, type “$ sudo nautilus”,
then type in your password so that you can do a file operation in administrator mode.

[for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS - 13.10/16.04 LTS - 16.10]
Run the Alternatives Configurator in (Dash -> Alternatives Configurator), then choose the “default.plymouth” from the left pane.
By clicking the below "Add" button, previously-installed what was in the “/lib/plymouth/themes”, open the “moeplymouth_1” folder and then select and install the “moeplymouth_1.plymouth” file in it.
It will be appeared in the list. And then, it will be OK to check the “Choice” radio button on the left.

G Alternatives画面

After the modification, in the terminal window, type:
$ sudo update-initramfs -u -k all
Apply it so that the modification is done. Then reboot and check if it is OK.

[for Ubuntu 14.04 - 15.10]
In the state of “moeplymouth_2” folder into the “/lib/plymouth/themes” directory.
Open Terminal and run the commands below:

$ sudo update-alternatives --install /lib/plymouth/themes/default.plymouth default.plymouth /lib/plymouth/themes/moeplymouth_2/moeplymouth_2.plymouth 100
$ sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth

Since the list that contains the selected candidate of Plymouth theme is displayed, you will select the appropriate number. In this example, press the Enter key to enter a '1'.

Plymouth setup screen

After the modification, in the terminal window, type:
$ sudo update-initramfs -u -k all
Apply it so that the modification is done. Then reboot and check if it is OK.

[Reference]"TheUrbanPenguin"
*This operation requires admin (root) account.
*"moeplymouth_2.tar.gz" is also enclosed a wallpaper for 16:9 aspect ratio, "moebuntu_bg_16-9.png." It's OK to change the filename to "moebuntu_bg.png" and replace the original one.

Step 4. Install the Plymouth theme with the Moe background picture.

If you can get the Plymouth screen in full color by the procedure described above "Step 2." and "Step 3.",
you will be able to introduce the Plymouth theme “with the background picture”.
You can download moeplymouth_2.tar.gz as “plymouth theme with the Moe background picture” from here.
How to install it, refer to "Step 2".

Step 3. Customize the plymouth theme with the Moe background picture.

Customization Example of the Background Picture
Customization Example of the Background Picture

“moeplymouth_(2/3)” which installed at "Step 4." makes you available to replace
the current background picture with your favorite Moe one.
Save the wallpaper you would like to replace as PNG format in GIMP or another program,
and change its file name to “moebuntu_bg.png”, then replace the original background picture with it.
If you replaced the picture file after setting “moeplymouth_(2/3)” with G Alternative,
in the Terminal, you need to:
$ sudo update-initramfs -u -k all
type the command above and press enter.

*The background image will be distorted based on the display aspect ratio.
You should resize it to match the dimensions and resolution with software like GIMP in advance.

[note] Way to improve display quality.

At "Step 2. Install the basic type of the Moe Plymouth theme,"
your screen goes 16 colors and in a low resolution with the installed “moeplymouth_1”,
if your graphic card is of the Nvidia or ATI, you may be able to get a high resolution, full-color graphics by the technique below.

*This would be a bit risky, so do it as your own risk!

Edit these two files below (make BACKUPs in case something go wrong!):
/etc/default/grub
/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-framebuffer.conf

Edit /etc/default/grub
First, in the Terminal, type:
$ sudo gedit /etc/default/grub
and open the file for editing.
Next,
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"
find the line above and overwrite as:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash video=vesafb vga=0x318"
then save it.

*”vga=0x318” part indicates the color depth and screen resolution. Please choose your preference.

A comparison of color depth and screen resolution


640x480 800x600 1024x768 1280x1024
256 0x301 0x303 0x305 0x307
32k 0x310 0x313 0x316 0x319
64k 0x311 0x314 0x317 0x31A
16M 0x312 0x315 0x318 0x31B

$ sudo update-grub
Update the “grub” with the command above.

Edit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-framebuffer.conf
Again, in the Terminal, type:
$ sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-framebuffer.conf
and open the file for editing.
Next,
blacklist vesafb
find the line above,br> #blacklist vesafb
as above, add “#” at the beginning of the line for commenting out the line then save it.

Finally, it is done by adding the following two commands below.
$ echo FRAMEBUFFER=y | sudo tee /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/splash
$ sudo update-initramfs -u -k all
if worked out, after you restart the computer, full color splash screen is displayed.

*Other than above mentioned, refer to the How to improve the display quality of Boot screen (Plymouth) by moe-moe moebuntu (Japanese).

For further customizations:

Moe-nize Your Desktop
Moe-nize Your Login Window
Moe-nize Your System Sounds
inserted by FC2 system