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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 4:47 am    Post subject: Tux at top of screen during boot? Reply with quote

Hey guys.

I was just wondering how I could get the tux at the top of my screen when I boot? I have seen this in other linux distros and I have a desperate urge to get my hands on this piece of eyecandy. I understand this is a kernel framebuffer thing, but I'm not quite confident with kernel recompiling etc.

Any knowledge on this?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In your kernel config, enable
Code:
Device Drivers --> Graphics support --> Bootup Logo --> Standard 224-color Linux logo
(assuming your display support this). Also enable:
Code:
Device Drivers --> Graphics support --> Support for frame buffer devices --> VESA VGA graphics support.
Again, I'm assuming your display hardware will support this (likely). Recompile (check the gentoo guide for this if you're unsure, it walks you through the process of building a new kernel). Also you must configure grub (assuming you're booting this way) to set frame buffer parameters. E.g., relevant part of my grub.conf
Code:
title=Linux 2.6.24-gentoo-r5 x86_64
        root (hd0,0)
        kernel /vmlinuz root=/dev/sdb3 vga=0x31b video=uvesafb:1280x1024-32,mtrr:3,ywrap quiet
There are many gentoo-specific guides to do this, and you should get one TUX per cpu, I believe, HTH!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep the hardware is capable of it, has shown the tux on some livecds that I have lying around. GeForce fx5200 - The poor man's video card.

Thank you for your help, will give it a go and report back.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boot-loaders can display a splash screen behind their prompt.

When you see a "fancy visual start-up page" instead of text-only messages whizzing by, this is usually done by an "initial ramdisk" program. Gentoo, of course, has one, and the image which is displayed there can also be customized.
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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2008 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And remember, you get a tux for each processor core that you have :D
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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2008 12:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about the multithreaded cores?
(hmm... curious what a 4-socket dual core dual thread computer would look like... lots of Tux... will there be 16? Runs off the end of the screen?)
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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2008 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You haven't seen anything until you've seen four penguins in a race condition.

Let's just say it doesn't pay to stand too close to the racetrack. ;)
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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2008 4:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gzunk wrote:
And remember, you get a tux for each processor core that you have :D

That explains why I had more than one after upgrading.....


http://gentoo-wiki.com/HOWTO_Linux_Logo_Hack may also be of interest...
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