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I'd like to be able to disable the Ubuntu splash screen that I see on boot with the indicator meter of progress, and replace that with a text-only readout of the boot up process (such as you can get by hitting the esc key during the splash screen). Is this possible?

I am not asking to disable X and get to text-only login, I"m asking how to deactivate the "Ubuntu" loading screen with the dots, so that I can see text output from the boot process - processes being started, kernel messages, etc. When I wrote this question I was not asking how to disable X altogether, only the boot splash screen.

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possible duplicate of How can I disable the purple splash screen at boot? –  Tom Brossman Aug 25 '13 at 11:11
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Yes. Edit /etc/default/grub (using gksu gedit /etc/default/grub), and remove the "quiet splash" from the Linux command line.

After this run sudo update-grub2

Also from the GRUB menu, if you want to do this temporarily, you can hit E on a line to edit it, then Ctrl+X to boot the kernel line.

Make sure you don't have plymouth-theme-ubuntu-text package installed.

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In addition to this, if you want to see the kernel startup messages you'll probably want to remove the "quiet" boot option too. –  James Henstridge Apr 4 '11 at 4:14
    
This worked. I wanted the kernel startup messages too, so by removing the "quiet" option too, it did what I want it to do. :) –  Thomas W. Apr 4 '11 at 4:52
    
And possibly uncomment line GRUB_TERMINAL="console" –  Poma May 22 '13 at 20:06
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