Posts tagged ‘boot’

[video] Slackware64 -13.0 with Bootsplash

Please note: I made this video with a mobile phone cam and so the Video is pretty poor quality. Also I had to use Audioswap to replace the barking of my dog. 😛
For those who believe that Slackware is just another geeky distro with no eye-candy, well you are wrong. It’s all about customization. Anything you can do with any GUI-based distros like Ubuntu or openSUSE, you can do those with Slackware.
First of all apologies for poor video quality, took this one with my mobile phone cam. This is just to show an idea to the world that Slackware is not all about “all text and no fun”.
Using splashy with Slackwar64 – current [but works in 13.0 as well] and Fluxbox with a conky on top and Gkrellm.

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[guide] Patch and Compile Kernel with Custom Boot Logo

Unlike every other distro, Slackware doesn’t brand anything. Everything is vanilla. So when you boot, you see the original linux penguin logo at the top of your screen.

Download the latest kernel source from kernel.org. I’ll be using here kernel 2.6.32 source and 2.6.32.1 patch. So you understand that you don’t need to download the whole kernel source every-time a new kernel version is released. If you have the previous source or a kernel source which is older, say 2.6.31, then you will need all the subsequent incremental patches from 2.6.31.1 to 2.6.32.1 and you will need to apply them one by one to the kernel source. I’ll just be showing one.

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Improving Slackware boot time

Slackware by default takes a long time to boot. We can minimize this. I am going to write down exactly what I did, you read that and do it on your own.

First login as root using “su” and continue:

# nano /etc/lilo.conf

Write compact in the global section or uncomment it. [it’s there somewhere at the top]

Next find the append line and add “quiet” at the end. My append line reads:

append=” vt.default_utf8=0 quiet”

Using the”printk” statements during boot, a lot of time is consumed hence the “quiet” option.

Now that it’s done run :

# lilo

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Triple Booting Arch,Ubuntu and Windows

So I wanted to install Ubuntu 9.10 and see how it “fails to” perform on my hard disk [as previously I tested he RCs in vbox within Arch]. Ubuntu boots up quite slow. At first a white ubuntu orb like logo appears and then the xsplash kicks in and after a while login screen comes and then it takes you to your desktop. However, the shutdown and reboot are way faster than any others’ I have seen. Just click and bam you are out of ubuntu. Anyway, I had Arch and Windows pre-installed on my hard disk and I just wanted to install ubuntu in a spare partition I had. Here is the partitioning scheme:

df -h
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda3              28G   19G  8.1G  70% /            <—–Arch’s Root
none                 1005M  140K 1004M   1% /dev
none                 1005M     0 1005M   0% /dev/shm
/dev/sda5             7.4G  3.1G  4.0G  44% /pkg
/dev/sda1             9.4G  5.9G  3.5G  64% /windows
/dev/sda2             9.2G  3.2G  5.6G  37% /ubuntu
/dev/sda6   swap        <——– Common swap of 2Gb for both Arch and ubuntu

So I burnt the Ubuntu 9.10 amd64 [64bit version] ISO in a DVD-RW and boot my pc from it. When the partition option comes be careful not to select anything other than the partition you want to select ubuntu on and the swap will auto-detected. Now after entering the details and everything the final overview of the installation process will appear. Click on “Advanced” tab below and deselect “install grub” option. That’s right make sure that Ubuntu doesn’t install it’s grub on your hard disk. It’s useless. I find Arch’s Grub2 much more customizable, easy to apply custom backgrounds and icons,etc. So let ubuntu install without letting it install grub anywhere. Now after all’s done reboot your computer and go to Arch. Modify the /boot/grub/grub.cfg

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