Lately, booting Ubuntu on my desktop has become seriously slow. We're talking two minutes. It used to take 10-20 seconds. Because of plymouth, I can't see what's going on. I would like to deactivate it, but not really uninstall it. What's the quickest way to do that? I'm using Precise, but I suspect a solution for 11.10 would work just as well.
Easiest quick fix is to edit the grub line as you boot.
Hold down the shift key so you see the menu. Hit the e key to edit
Edit the 'linux' line, remove the 'quiet' and 'splash'
To disable it in the long run
Change the line –
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet splash” to
And then update grub
How about pressing
CTRL+ALT+F2 for console allowing you to see whats going on.. You can go back to GUI/Plymouth by
Don't have my laptop here right now, but IIRC Plymouth has upstart job in
/etc/init, named plymouth???.conf, renaming that probably achieves what you want too more permanent manner.