Maybe some of you don’t read the patches applied. From a distro point of view we want to have no scrolling text. Therefore we added the bootsplash approach last year. Lately we managed together with Fedora developers to get the framebuffer holding the vendor logo in cache as long as no text get displayed. This is all kernel side and both available with Linux419.
Next step is to get rid of any unnecessary text display The bootloader does. This is mostly the echo lines or greeting like welcome to Grub. Those are hardcoded and need to be removed.
This is done by Ubuntu, Fedora and other distros.
When you have the menu displayed it might break the experience of a silent bootup.
With the hidden menu feature it will be possible to automatically display the menu as needed.
- when you have more than one OS installed it get displayed.
- when your bootup was unsuccessful you will presented with the errors and on reboot you will have a menu
- when you hold Shift, press escape or F8 it shows
All those features are developed by distro developers to match the need for a desktop oriented OS.
What I really hate to read all the time is issues which there aren’t.
Having not displayed the vendor logo can happen in rare cases. If so we can display a logo thru bootsplash. To create a UI for configure it won’t be a problem.
At some point we will add patches to the grub package we already had added to grub-quiet, however it seems to need more testing.
Our focus is on our hardware like the Spitfire or the Bladebook on which we had tested all features. There it works as as designed.
Every change made will have people dislike it at some point. However, this is a problem of the Linux community in general: blocking a vision they might not totally agree with.
This means we will have partly features added. I’ll take now a closer look at bootsplash, will display the grub menu always, show a logo via bootsplash and transfer to the display manager.
On the Bladebook we will however use the newer technologies as Manjaro will be the only OS anyway.
We will revisit this in 2019 to get the feature to a wider audience.