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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.