Linked by Rahul on Fri 6th Mar 2009 08:37 UTC
X11, Window Managers Plymouth is a project to create a flicker free graphical bootup system designed and developed by Red Hat and included in Fedora 10. Red Hat has been working on Xorg drivers and within the Linux kernel to improve and enhance the kernel mode support needed for Plymouth. Fedora 10 included support for many ATI cards and this is being developed further in Fedora 11 to cover Intel and Nvidia cards as well. Plymouth supports a flexible and powerful plug-in system which can be used to create Plymouth themes. Fedora includes several of them including a simple progress bar and the solar plugin. Now additional work is being done to improve many things and this will land up in Fedora 11 as well.
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by cookieninja on Fri 6th Mar 2009 12:06 UTC
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I can't believe that anyone can say the work redhat is doing isn't a step in the right direction. This work is just enhancing work already done, which has taken us away from a console screen during start up that's full of scrolling text providing verbose output about hardware detection and some system configuration information. No "ordinary" user wants to see that, it alienates them and makes the system seem overly technical and hard to use.

The verbose console output is nice as an option, for the more technical user, when there's a problem to diagnose. When it comes to the average computer user, though, it's definitely a usability issue if viewing that information is ever mandatory. They need a simple explanation, and ideally a simple tool to resolve the problem if the OS cannot be relied upon to fix it automatically.

Edited 2009-03-06 12:06 UTC

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