Xsplash in Mint 8

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Xsplash in Mint 8

Post by clem » Wed Oct 21, 2009 8:08 am

As you probably know, Ubuntu introduced a new boot splash called xsplash. Although it's technically good it's poorly documented and at the moment it's not configurable.

In Mint 8 or Ubuntu 9.10, you can test xsplash by running "sudo xsplash" and then press Escape or Ctrl+C to exit.

Xsplash uses the pictures located in /usr/share/images/xsplash.

Have a look in there. The backgrounds are pretty easy to customize.

For the animation, you need a multiframe PNG file.

One way to quickly generate one is to create an animated GIF (if you want quick results you can use this online throbber generator: http://www.ajaxload.info ) and then to use a program to generate a png for each frame of the animation (I'm a n00b when it comes to artwork design so I only found a Windows freeware in my laborious search on this: http://www.nigels.com/exorcist/exorst14.zip).

Once you've got a PNG for each frame, place them in an empty folder and use the following command to put them all into one multiframe PNG file:

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convert `ls *` -append out.png
Open the resulting out.png file with Gimp and eventually transform white areas/backgrounds into Alpha transparent. Then save the result and test it:

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sudo xsplash -t out.png -f 11
Note that the -t option lets you define the animation image and that the -f option tells xsplash how many frames are in it. So in the example above, I assumed we had 11 frames.

When you contribute multiframe animations back to the community, don't forget to specify how many frames they have. I personally put the number in the filename: for instance circle2-7.png is my 2nd try at making a circle animation and it's got 7 frames.

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Re: Xsplah in Mint 8

Post by clem » Wed Oct 21, 2009 8:11 am

Attached are a few animations I've been working on. Please send your feedback or animations. I'm planning to make progress2-7.png the default one in Mint 8, unless someone comes with something better of course.

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Re: Xsplash in Mint 8

Post by beauvin » Wed Oct 21, 2009 7:11 pm

Is there a minimum and/or maximum size, because i was thinking something like the thing below, made for the promotion forum. Also can i use xsplash on mint 7 too or is it mint 8 only?

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Re: Xsplash in Mint 8

Post by clem » Thu Oct 22, 2009 4:58 pm

I don't think there's any maximums. No idea if it works on Mint 7, I guess you can try to backport it.

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Re: Xsplash in Mint 8

Post by Old Marcus » Fri Oct 23, 2009 10:33 am

They're ok, but I find they're all rather pixellated and blocky, while the default ubuntu one is quite smooth.
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Re: Xsplash in Mint 8

Post by clem » Fri Oct 23, 2009 12:20 pm

I agree. I made my best for now and I'll stick to that for Mint 8 RC but I rely on the community to produce better artwork for this. Hopefully the information I put in this thread is enough for artists to understand how this works. If anything is unclear don't hesitate to ask.

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Re: Xsplash in Mint 8

Post by dlkreations » Sat Oct 24, 2009 2:03 am

I think I may just have to try at this... don't know how the end result will look though.
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Re: Xsplah in Mint 8

Post by ibm450 » Sat Oct 24, 2009 2:09 am

clem wrote:Attached are a few animations I've been working on. Please send your feedback or animations. I'm planning to make progress2-7.png the default one in Mint 8, unless someone comes with something better of course.

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how you meant to view these in action?
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Re: Xsplash in Mint 8

Post by clem » Sat Oct 24, 2009 4:17 am

ibm450: On an Ubuntu 9.10 base, run "sudo xsplash -t filename.png -f number_of_frames", so for instance: "sudo xsplash -t progress2-7.png -f 7"

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Re: Xsplash in Mint 8

Post by ibm450 » Sat Oct 24, 2009 5:55 am

cheers clem, i had a feeling that 9.10 needed to be installed. running 9.04 atm.

ill wait until LM8 becomes a distro as my LM7 on this system is running sweet, made to many tweaks and file mod's to make it work the way it is atm so cant really afford / have time to switch over to ubuntu 9.10 and start all over again :oops:

keep up the great work...looking forward to LM8 :mrgreen:
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Re: Xsplash in Mint 8

Post by dlkreations » Wed Oct 28, 2009 3:49 pm

Here is my first idea for the xsplash throbber:
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Let me know what you think.

Here is the compressed file with a script to run it.
http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/2674252/animations.tar.gz
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Re: Xsplash in Mint 8

Post by DrHu » Wed Oct 28, 2009 3:58 pm

One thing I don't like about these style of splash screens is the pendulum/ping-pong like sequence (right, left, then right); I don't remember which side it starts on, having tried to ignore it
--I first saw this effect on Libranet distribution, and I was getting a headache watching it bounce back and forth..
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libranet

I would much prefer a simple progression left to right, similar to what you get when you see the progress of a download

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Re: Xsplash in Mint 8

Post by Colonel Schell » Wed Oct 28, 2009 7:36 pm

+1

For one thing, it would set us apart from every other Ubuntu-based distro out there. They all bounce back and forth...
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Re: Xsplash in Mint 8

Post by exploder » Wed Oct 28, 2009 8:08 pm

I would just like to see a smaller logo displaying at boot with a thinner progress bar. The logo in the last release just seemed too large to me. I just want to see Mint have the most professional look possible.

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Re: Xsplash in Mint 8

Post by kanishka » Thu Oct 29, 2009 4:00 am

exploder wrote:I would just like to see a smaller logo displaying at boot with a thinner progress bar. The logo in the last release just seemed too large to me. I just want to see Mint have the most professional look possible.
+1

I would dare to say that the Mint logo should be smaller and less "in your face" in all of Mint's artwork

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Re: Xsplash in Mint 8

Post by matthewnportner » Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:13 am

i so far like yours the most dlkreations. Then my second fave is 2-7 third favorite is the one with one vertical and one horizontal gear.

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Re: Xsplash in Mint 8

Post by Colonel Schell » Thu Oct 29, 2009 2:56 pm

kanishka wrote:
exploder wrote:I would just like to see a smaller logo displaying at boot with a thinner progress bar. The logo in the last release just seemed too large to me. I just want to see Mint have the most professional look possible.
+1

I would dare to say that the Mint logo should be smaller and less "in your face" in all of Mint's artwork
I hadn't been able to put my finger on it until now, but I believe this is right. The 'in your face' logo is what is distracting me at times.

To me, subtlety and understatement are signs of elegance and sophistication.
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Re: Xsplash in Mint 8

Post by dlkreations » Sat Oct 31, 2009 12:55 am

Couple more:

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And another one that I don't have the animation for preview but it look similar to the Ubuntu one:
http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/2674252/progress.tar.gz
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Re: Xsplash in Mint 8

Post by exploder » Sat Oct 31, 2009 9:43 am

Don, that is really cool!

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Re: Xsplash in Mint 8

Post by Dalamar » Mon Nov 02, 2009 6:04 pm

I associate Linux Mint with tea, so maybe the logo over some expanding ripples would be nice and unique.

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