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I know that you can show the process of starting up by pressing alt + space during startup how do you have that as default on your computer? Also i would like to see it on shutdown if possible.

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Edit /etc/default/grub and replace

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"

with

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=""

then run

sudo update-grub
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It says i am not the owner even though i am the owner...any fix? –  Joel Hunt Dec 11 '12 at 1:32
    
You need root permissions. Try sudo gedit /etc/default/grub from a terminal. –  S Prasanth Dec 11 '12 at 6:11
    
Or, you know, you could edit it with OpenOffice writer ;) –  Marcin Kaminski Dec 11 '12 at 23:32
    
@MartinOrda With the wink and your background I suspect you know this, but a newbie may take you literally. It would be dangerous to edit such a critical file as the bootloader config file with a word processor. –  haziz Dec 13 '12 at 6:46
    
I just find it amusing when people need to have a GUI editor to edit a system configuration file on a Unix derivative system. I wonder what they do if someone presses CTRL+ALT+F1 on their keyboard and there's no longer any GUI? :) –  Marcin Kaminski Dec 13 '12 at 12:59
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