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How can I disable the purple "Ubuntu" splash screen that displays at boot before the login screen has loaded? I'd prefer to just see plain text scroll by.

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yeah i still get the purple screen as well! –  user22719 Aug 3 '11 at 11:35
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Quote from /usr/share/doc/plymouth/README.Debian (from package plymouth version 0.8.2-2ubuntu2, which is the one installed on Ubuntu 10.04):

There are two methods to disable the splash screen. Both have the same effect. Your boot will show such messages as are emitted by the starting services, and will still be able to prompt if needs be.

  1. Remove all of the plymouth-theme-* packages from your system, including the text ones. Plymouth will remain installed to permit boot-time prompts.

  2. Remove splash from the kernel command-line. You can do this per-boot, or make it permanent by changing the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT line in /etc/default/grub.

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Thanks, I never would have guessed it was called "plymouth". The second method worked great for me. –  ændrük Oct 2 '10 at 22:17
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I've removed both quite and splash from my GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT and I still get a blank, plain, purple screen while the kernel is loading. Once the kernel is loaded and system services are starting then the splash goes away. –  Buttons840 Jun 16 '11 at 18:10
    
there is no /etc/default/grub on my system, I think because of the move to grub2, so where can I set GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT when using grub2 ? –  Jay _silly_evarlast_ Wren Nov 15 '11 at 16:08
    
@Jay_silly_evarlast_Wren After editing /etc/default/grub you need to run sudo update-grub to apply the changes to the boot loader. See the ubnutu grub help wiki. /etc/default/grub exists on my ubuntu 12.10 installation. –  doug65536 Apr 3 '13 at 19:26
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