Plymouth is a project from Fedora providing a flicker-free graphical boot process. It relies on kernel mode setting (KMS) to set the native resolution of the display as early as possible, then provides an eye-candy splash screen leading all the way up to the login manager.
Plymouth primarily uses KMS (Kernel Mode Setting) to display graphics. If you can't use KMS (e.g. because you are using a proprietary driver) you will need to use framebuffer instead. Uvesafb is recommended as it can function with widescreen resolutions.
If you have neither KMS nor a framebuffer, Plymouth will fall back to text-mode.
The stable one is calledAUR and the git version AUR.
Including Plymouth in the Initcpio
Add Plymouth to the HOOKS array in
/etc/mkinitcpio.conf. It must be added after base and udev for it to work:
HOOKS="base udev plymouth [...] "
MODULES="i915" or MODULES="radeon" or MODULES="nouveau"
Rebuild your initrd image (refer to the mkinitcpio article for more info):
# mkinitcpio -p [name of your kernel preset]
The kernel command line
You now need to set
quiet splash as you kernel command line parameters in your bootloader. See Kernel parameters for more info.
Changing the Theme
Plymouth comes with a selection of themes:
- Fade-in: "Simple theme that fades in and out with shimmering stars"
- Glow: "Corporate theme with pie chart boot progress followed by a glowing emerging logo"
- Script: "Script example plugin" (Despite the description seems to be a quite nice Arch logo theme)
- Solar: "Space theme with violent flaring blue star"
- Spinner: "Simple theme with a loading spinner"
- Spinfinity: "Simple theme that shows a rotating infinity sign in the center of the screen"
- (Text: "Text mode theme with tricolor progress bar")
- (Details: "Verbose fallback theme")
By default, no theme is selected, you must select a theme by editing
All currently installed themes can be listed by using this:
$ ls /usr/share/plymouth/themes details glow solar spinner tribar fade-in script spinfinity text
Themes can be Previewed without Rebuilding, hit
Ctrl+Alt+F2 to change to console, log in as root and type:
# plymouthd # plymouth --show-splash
To quit the preview hit
Ctrl+Alt+F2 again and type:
# plymouth --quit
every time a theme is changed, the kernel image must be rebuilt with:
# mkinitcpio -p <name of your kernel preset; e.g. linux>
Reboot to apply the changes.