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I have seen that plymouth themes in different distros are the same they just put a logo or a if I want to put whatever I want...can somebody tell me with what program or editing what file?

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If you are happy with the rest of the theme, you can just replace the logo. In a terminal do the following:

  1. backup the old logo

    sudo cp /lib/plymouth/themes/ubuntu-logo/ubuntu_logo.{png,back}
  2. put a copy of the logo on your desktop

    cp /lib/plymouth/themes/ubuntu-logo/ubuntu_logo.png ~/Desktop
  3. now edit the logo the way you want

    gimp ~/Desktop/ubuntu_logo.png
  4. copy back your logo

    sudo mv ~/Desktop/ubuntu_logo.png /lib/plymouth/themes/ubuntu-logo/
  5. update the system to use your logo

    sudo update-initramfs -c -k all

To restore the old logo, simply do:

  1. restore old logo

    sudo cp /lib/plymouth/themes/ubuntu-logo/ubuntu_logo.{back,png}
  2. update the system to use the old logo

    sudo update-initramfs -c -k all

To test the theme without rebooting, you can run the following within a GNOME session to see a multi-window setup running your theme:

sudo plymouthd ; sudo plymouth --show-splash ; sleep 10 ; sudo plymouth --quit
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Note that in 16.04, the themes directory location changed to: /usr/share/plymouth/themes – Olivier May 17 at 11:15

You cannot put whatever you want, but you can choose from different themes. That is because Plymouth themes are basically animated images, to customize them is not as easy as editing a text file or an image with The Gimp. You can try to create your own theme using these guides:

Otherwise you can choice from existing themes:

  • plymouth-theme-kubuntu-logo
  • plymouth-theme-kubuntu-text
  • plymouth-theme-ubuntu-logo
  • plymouth-theme-ubuntu-text
  • mythbuntu-default-settings
  • plymouth-theme-fade-in
  • plymouth-theme-glow
  • plymouth-theme-lubuntu-logo
  • plymouth-theme-sabily
  • plymouth-theme-script
  • plymouth-theme-solar
  • plymouth-theme-spinfinity
  • plymouth-theme-text
  • plymouth-theme-ubuntustudio
  • plymouth-theme-xubuntu-logo
  • xubuntu-plymouth-theme

Just install one of these package, then from the terminal type:

sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth

You will be prompted to choose your theme, so choose it :)

Then, last command:

sudo update-initramfs -u
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It seems that you made a mistake in this line:

sudo plymouthd ; sudo plymouth --show-splash ; sleep 10 ; sudo plymouth --quit

I think that unless you it:

sudo plymouthd ; sudo plymouth --show-splash & sleep 10 ; sudo plymouth --quit

it will never leave plymouth.

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