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polarvortex
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Better looking boot loader

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Would be nice if the boot loader looked modern instead of all old terminal dos looking.

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Re: Better looking boot loader

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never felt the need really maybe one day i would but i'm ok with the generic grub menu. i used to customize windows 98 boot menu with a stargate boot menu but ...
http://askubuntu.com/questions/532238/h ... rub-2-menu
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Re: Better looking boot loader

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Indeed.
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Re: Better looking boot loader

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Doesn't really matter to me what it looks like. I don't spend much time looking at it.
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Re: Better looking boot loader

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This suggestion is risky and troublesome:
"Modern" means in practical sense: graphical. As long as all runs well, this will work, but if not, what then? A textual screen - similar to the virtual console - is supposed to get displayed on every system and in mostly every situation, a graphical possibly does not. Assume, that the virtual console get replaced by something like a virtual GUI: If this fails to work, you can nearly forget the system.

So no, this would be a bad idea. High risk (in emergency situation) for something, what appears in single-boot systems usually not at all, in multi-boot systems usually for at most 10 seconds? I have never seen anybody, who powers on his computer to watch his boot menu. People use their computer to work inside of the installed system(s).

So not only superfluous, but a big potential risk.

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Re: Better looking boot loader

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I also don't see the need, and I understand that there are issues with it. But at some point, we're in the future and this thing will look like half a century old.

There should be a solid elegant way to do it that doesn't rely on bloated failure prone frameworks or whatever. It's not impossible to do it and have it be reliable imo, especially if it can fall back on text if needed.

I realize it's a preposterous suggestion, but I am thinking outside the box

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Re: Better looking boot loader

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You only get to see the Grub menu on a dual boot system.... On a single boot, you won't see it at all.

However, in itself it's not a bad idea: for example, openSUSE (German quality, a.k.a. deutsche Wertarbeit!) has had a nice looking boot menu for over a decade. So, apparently, it's possible to create a Grub menu that's both pretty and stable.

Anyway, this is a safe way of making it more beautiful:
https://sites.google.com/site/easylinux ... autifygrub

And whatever you do, do not use Grub Customizer:
https://sites.google.com/site/easylinux ... Customizer
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The GRUB menu does not even appear for the default 10 seconds on my system - 2 seconds is enough if you know what you want to use. A single key tap halts the automated process.

As for making the boot menu visually more attractive, use your artistic talents. Adding a background image is a simple process (see Pjotr's website). Customisation is always possible with Linux distros.

Grub Customizer (version 5.0.6) cannot implement some text colours and these, if wanted, would have to be changed by editing /etc/grub.d/06_mint_theme and setting the desired menu colours but if you already know how to do that, then you don't need Grub Customizer. The Terminal is a better and preferable option.
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Re: Better looking boot loader

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rEFInd has a slightly better looking interface... buttons, even. Though you still have to use arrow keys to select your OS or options.
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