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Monday, February 16, 2009

Animated LILO The Linux Loader for SuSE Linux 7.2 or Animated boot-up screen

It's just something fun to do to add eye candy to your boot-up screen, if your tired of looking at the same old LILO prompt or boot-up screen every time you start your system.
Make your LILO boot screen more exciting with animated pictures! From the author's web page:

Since mid-2001, most Linux distributions include some patched versions of LILO (the LInux LOader) that support VGA or VESA graphical modes and make it possible to have a nice background image while booting. Starting with SuSE Linux 7.2, the SuSE distribution includes an interesting extension to LILO that allows a programmer to define some callback functions that are triggered when some events occur (key pressed, timeout, ...). It gives a much greater flexibility than the other extensions that are provided by most of the other Linux distributions, including the new graphical modes that have recently been added to the official version of LILO 22.x.

While testing the SuSE version of LILO and the helper program mkbootmsg, I was wondering if the timer callbacks together with the function that copies parts of the image to the screen could be used for creating animations. I quickly found out that it was indeed possible to enhance the boot screen with animations. Since my friends liked the results, I decided to share them on this web site. ... These animated boot screens have been tested with SuSE Linux 7.2 and 7.3. If you are using another distribution such as Debian, Red Hat, Mandrake or a custom set of packages, you will not get the expected results if you keep the version of LILO included in your distribution.
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