Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Tux Boot Logo Theme for Ubuntu (Plymouth, XSplash, graphical splash)

Tux4Ubuntu Boot Logo Theme (Plymouth Theme)
Here we walk you through how to get Tux on your boot splash. Ubuntu now uses Plymouth to view those loading pages for your OS, which is why we'll walk you through how to install such a theme and adding the official Tux4Ubuntu theme in particular.

The easy way (Use the installer)

1) Copy (Ctrl + C):
sudo apt -y install curl && bash <(curl -s 
2) Open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T)

3) Paste (Ctrl + Shift + V) and run (ENTER) and choose where you want Tux
If something goes wrong, read our troubleshooting, if that doesn't help leave a comment below

Or, do it yourself

1) Download and unpack the theme:
wget -O ~/Downloads/tux4ubuntu.tar.gz
tar -xzf ~/Downloads/tux4ubuntu.tar.gz -C ~/Downloads
2) Copy the theme to /usr/share/plymouth
If you're not running Ubuntu 16.04 this folder may be somewhere else
sudo cp -r ~/Downloads/tux4ubuntu-master/tux-plymouth-theme /usr/share/plymouth
3) Add tux-plymouth-theme as an alternative to Plymouth:
sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/share/plymouth/themes/default.plymouth default.plymouth /usr/share/plymouth/themes/tux-plymouth-theme/tux.plymouth 100;
4) Set tux-plymouth-theme as Plymouth default:
sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth
5) Update initramfs
sudo update-initramfs -u;
6) Reboot and Tux shall appear on next boot


Boot interruptions like /dev/sda1: clean, 220240/30269440 file, 2971359/121076736 blocks
This is shown because of a bug in Ubuntu 16.04 Desktop version. If possible, install Ubuntu 16.04 Server edition instead and choose to install Desktop environment when asked. Or run the following command after the installation:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
Plymouth theme only shows up on shutdown but not on boot
If you chose to encrypt your home folder when installing Ubuntu that doesn't work well with Plymouth themes because of a Ubuntu bug. We tried installing Tux at boot with a not encrypted installation and then encrypting the start folder without success. So, for now encrypting your home folder breaks Plymouth themes unfortunately. We'll keep you posted.
If this affects you, please press "Affects me" in the official bug which will help it get prioritized:

Want more Tux?

1) Tux Boot Loader Theme for Ubuntu (rEFInd, new GRUB2/BURG)
2) Tux Boot Logo Theme for Ubuntu (Plymouth, XSplash, graphical splash)
3) Tux's classiness to your Ubuntu Login Screen
4) Tux's classiness to your Desktop (Theme, Icons and Fonts)
5) Tux's selection of Wallpapers
6) Tux Games
7) Get the t-shirt
And check out our project on GitHub and contribute. 

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