plymouth is a graphical boot system for Linux which takes advantage of
the kernel-based mode setting (KMS) available for modern graphic cards
to provide a seamless, flickerfree and attractive boot screen. It
allows to choose between various, static or animated graphical themes
to spruce up the startup and avoid the noise generated by the vast
amount of kernel messages while the machine boots into X. On systems
where kernel-based mode setting is not available, plymouth falls back
to a text mode boot screen which provides a simple progress bar to pro-
vide feedback during boot.
In order for the configured default plymouth theme to be loaded during
boot, the option `splash' (or `rhgb' for backward compatibility with
the RHGB boot splash) must be provided at the kernel command line.
Without this command line option, plymouth will default to showing
detailed boot output.
During the boot process, the user can switch between the graphical
theme and the detailed boot output using the Escape key.
grub(8), plymouth-set-theme(1), plymouthd(8), plymouth(1),
plymouth was originally prototyped and named by Kristian Hogsberg,
originally written by Ray Strode and has had significant contributions
from Charlie Brej. It has also had contributions from Peter Jones, Adam
Jackson, Frederic Crozat and others.
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