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    A Lilo Bootscreen for Debian
    Submitted by Anonymous on Saturday, April 27, 2002 – 10:55
    Did you notice? All the top commercial distros come with cool graphical lilo bootscreens. Ok, they’re not that useful, but it’s quite nice for a desktop computer running multiple OSes. When I installed Woody a few months ago I noticed that its lilo package supports the graphical boot menu. The only problem is that there is no image you can use for it…
    Accordingly I had a go at it myself, and I’m quite pleased with the results. Since I like it, I thought there are might be some other people out there who’ll like it too. Everybody who is interested can download the bootscreen here. I’ve included a ready to use bitmap as well as the original Gimp xcf image. A small readme explains the installation and necessary settings in the lilo.conf. And please, tell me what you think of it.

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    Subject: Re: A Lilo Bootscreen for Debian
    Author: piranha-jpl
    Date: Tuesday, 2002/04/30 – 04:26
    For those that have set up graphical boot menus themselves, kudos. I think this is the way it should be–people setting things like this up themselves, instead of it happening out-of-the-box. I would hate to see Debian turn into something with stuff like a graphical LILO boot menu, a graphics-heavy framebuffer configuration (not sure how to refer to it exactly, but if you’ve used SuSE in “text” mode, as opposed to in X, you know what I mean), and a reliance on graphics-oriented system configuration programs.

    I know the story is just talking about the LILO boot menu, but others are saying in replies to this story things along the lines of, “Debian would be so much better with the Mandrake installer and the Mandrake configuration utilities…”. This ticks me off. I love Debian for what it is right now. I can install it on a 1.1GHz Athlon, a 25MHz 486SX with 16MB RAM, or a Sparcstation LX, and not have to worry about this sort of bloat breaking or slowing down the system. I know I’ve had my share of frustration with Mandrake’s ineptitude in a non-X environment.

    Not trying to flame or troll, this is just how I feel…

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    Subject: Re: A Lilo Bootscreen for Debian
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Tuesday, 2002/04/30 – 17:15
    i completely agree. even if i personaly like a graphical lilo i would hate it to be the default in debian.

    nevertheless, the images could be included in the official lilo package along with the installation instructions. it could even be an option in the lilo setup scripts, but a simple text message that you can use a graphical menu would be enough.

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    Subject: Re: A Lilo Bootscreen for Debian
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Tuesday, 2002/04/30 – 05:02
    Agreed – if you want Mandrake you know where to find it 🙂
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