2008 WTF??

Mike Montour mail at mmontour.net
Sat Aug 9 18:11:11 CEST 2008

Scott wrote:

> Booting up...  Could it be any more confusing??  First the OM screen, 
> then the standard linux text scrolling, then the boots, then blank, then 
> the boots again, then some more text, then blank again???  WTF over? 
> Can't we have just one damn boot screen?

The first one ("OM screen") lives in a dedicated flash partition and is 
loaded by u-boot. It could be updated by the opkg that is responsible 
for the other splash screen, in the same way that the kernel opkg will 
re-flash the kernel partition when it is updated. This might be a good 
project for one of the community members (hint, hint).

It should be possible to hide the linux text scrolling - OpenSuSE (for 
example) does it, but I don't know the details. I personally like to see 
the penguin and the Linux messages.

AFAIK the remaining issues are because the splash-screen starts out by 
using the raw framebuffer, and then later X11 is started. I don't know 
what room for improvement there is in this area - maybe someone else can 

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