Opened 10 years ago

Closed 9 years ago

#1394 closed enhancement (fixed)

Quiet boot

Reported by: jg Owned by: J5
Priority: normal Milestone: Opportunity
Component: distro Version:
Keywords: Cc: Eben, walter, bernie
Blocked By: Blocking:
Deployments affected: Action Needed:
Verified: no


Right now, booting spews all the boot messages on the console. This slows the boot process (due to scrolling), and wastes power, as well as being unsightly. And we know Nicholas to well to know he'll let the current situation last forever.

I'm partial to the style of boot I now see on modern Linux systems, with progress bars.

There is also a UI question here: what should our OLPC splash screen look like during system boot.

This is an opportunity for someone to get involved, until Nicholas starts complaining and forcing our hands...

Change History (5)

comment:1 in reply to: ↑ description Changed 10 years ago by Eben

This has already been dealt with from a UI perspective. The ideal startup and shutdown behavior is spec'd in #692, and the visual design elements including a .png image for the splash screen are found in #534. I look forward to seeing some of this actually make it onto the machines. The sooner the better, in my opinion, since the black & white boot messages really remove the clean & simple kid-friendly aesthetic of the design we're aiming for.

As a sidenote, this startup sequence also integrates seamlessly with the first-launch intro sequence design, which Marco plans to integrate as well.

comment:2 Changed 9 years ago by bernie

  • Cc bernie added
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I have patches ready for the kernel, Sugar and startup scripts
to beautify our boot sequence somewhat.

Kernel console color scheme matches OFW, penguin logo replaced by
OLPC logo, display freeze around X and Sugar startup to minimize
visual glitches. Please, come over to my desk if you want to see
the actual result.

I also have a simple program by Mitch to display bitmaps in the
framebuffer in the style of OFW. We could also use Ubuntu's
usplash if we want a progress bar, but I got little enthusiasm
from the others for this solution.

Reducing kernel messages to the console can be achieved easily
by adding "quiet" to the kernel command line in /boot/olpc.fth.

This topic has been discussed at length in IRC, by private mail
and on the devel mailing-list. The only issue blocking these
changes to go in is finding general agreement on a few
implementation details.

comment:3 Changed 9 years ago by bernie

Partially depends on #1868.

comment:4 Changed 9 years ago by bernie

jg, Eben, as you know, I have been working on this bug before, so
I have the some of the needed pieces sitting idle.

We have a functional spec of how it should look, but different people
had different opinions on how this should be implemented in practice,
therefore everything stalled.

Would you like me to come up with my solution? Or would someone want
to suggest a totally different design?

Any plan would be fine with me as long as it can be done in practice
and it's going to be accepted without too much resistance by the
relevant maintainers.

comment:5 Changed 9 years ago by jg

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed
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