Boot screens: generally the land of the bland.

Following on from our recent report on an ‘intelligent Plymouth greeter’ script – which I nick-named ‘polite plymouth’ in my mind ;) – created by  user Shnatsel’s  came the wonderful mock-up by Felipe Darder you see below.


Well… I say mock-up but Shnatsel has already turned the majority of what you see above into an actual working installable splash screen.

‘It’s not 100% the same’ Shnatsel told me in an e-mail, but that ‘the most difficult parts, including text fade-in, shutdown recognition and translations are already there.’

Worried about installing a plymouth theme? For those with jittery nerves he also has some balm: –

“It also should be safe to install and use – it won’t break anything, the worst thing it can do is fall back to text mode (but the system will still boot to GUI).”


Hear that? It’s the sound of crunch time under my skate shoe. You want to install this and here’s how.

First thing to be aware of us is if Plymouth looks a mess to you now it will continue to look a mess with this; you’ll need to fix that.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shnatsel/plymouth

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install plymouth-theme-smooth-greeting

To uninstall run: –

sudo apt-get remove plymouth-theme-smooth-greeting

Download bootsplash plymouth shnatsel