How To Select The Splash Screen in Ubuntu Lucid
I've recently been doing a lot of testing on the next version of Ubuntu: Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx. After installing Ubuntu I also decided to add the Kubuntu packages to my system. This is easy to do with a simple
One of the annoyances I have with this is that adding the Kubuntu packages through this method also hijacks the startup splash to that of Kubuntu instead of Ubuntu. It's not a deal breaker, but I want to change it back.
I've previously used a program called StartUpManager to take care of this. With Ubuntu's recent change from using usplash to using Plymouth to control the splash screen, I'm unsure if SUM will work. And I really don't care. I want to understand how the changes are made to the system and I'd rather not install another program to make this simple change.
After doing some digging through the file system I figured it out. A symbolic link in /etc/alternatives controls what Plymouth uses for the splash screen. To change the splash screen from Kubuntu back to Ubuntu, open a terminal and enter the following commands.
Change splash to Ubuntu
sudo ln -s /lib/plymouth/themes/ubuntu-logo/ubuntu-logo.plymouth /etc/alternatives/default.plymouth
Change splash to Kubuntu
sudo ln -s /lib/plymouth/themes/kubuntu-logo/kubuntu-logo.plymouth /etc/alternatives/default.plymouth
Change splash to Xubuntu
sudo ln -s /lib/plymouth/themes/xubuntu-logo/xubuntu-logo.plymouth /etc/alternatives/default.plymouth
There are also additional themes that you can find for installation in the Synaptic Package Manager. Changing to one of them works in a similar fashion.
Edit: I just discovered an easier way. Use the following terminal command.