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I just found some cool boot-up video and audio file, and I want to make a custom boot-up animation in Ubuntu 11.04. Any suggestions?

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See also:… – Wilf Dec 26 '14 at 19:56

The startup splash is displayed by Plymouth in Ubuntu. There is an extensive documentation on Plymouth scripting and creating custom plymouth themes in Ubuntu wiki.

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To change the Plymouth splash in 11.10:

  1. Open Accessories > Terminal
  2. Run: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mefrio-g/plymouthmanager
  3. sudo apt-get update
  4. sudo apt-get install plymouth-manager
  5. Open in applications menu.
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