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I am a Gnome user. Just out of curiosity, I installed the package kubuntu-desktop to check out the latest KDE. The package has hijacked and replaced the nice ubuntu boot splash with the blue KDE one. How can I get the original boot splash back ? Which package should I re-install ?

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If you want to quickly change it back, sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth will give you a list of screens you can choose from.

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If you do this, you should be back to normal:

sudo apt-get purge kubuntu-desktop
sudo apt-get autoremove --purge
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-deskop

The splash screen is selected via update-alternatives, but the above should restore the links too.

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Or simply

sudo apt-get remove plymouth-theme-kubuntu-logo

If you don't want drop KDE

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Trying out codeMonk's answer gave me an error after I selected the ubuntu-logo option:

update-alternatives: warning: forcing reinstallation of alternative /lib/plymouth/themes/ubuntu-logo/ubuntu-logo.plymouth because link group default.plymouth is broken.

Running this command fixed that for me:

sudo apt-get install --reinstall plymouth-theme-ubuntu-logo
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Turning ON/OFF the splash screen on boot is easily changeable via GRUB.

sudo vim /etc/default/grub

You'll see GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"

  1. Remove splash from this line
  2. Save with :wq
  3. sudo update-grub
  4. sudo reboot now

Splash screen will no longer appear.

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While editing system files, sudoedit file is the preferred way. It chooses vim if available, else falls back to nano –  Mahesh Nov 10 '12 at 4:40
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