Re: Boot screen: Quiet or not?



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Mario Vukelic wrote:
There are better ways for this than a busy boot screen. E.g., enable
bootlogging in /etc/default/bootlogd, and/or run dmesg after start,
and/or check your logs

That doesn't help if the boot doesn't go through. Quite frankly I am
dismayed to see any Linux go towards this fluff so as not to "confuse" users.
I don't call it confusion, I call it educating. I call it a godsend to the
son who is 400 miles away from the Linux router he set up for his father that
hung on boot. I don't have to walk him through repairing the system blind
because boot messages might not tell him squat but I can close my eyes and ask
him to read the last line. Once I've got that I can ask him to scan the
screen and read a line with a phrase in it that relates. That's enough to
give me an idea if it is something fixable from remote. What good is having
an error or its context hidden behind a pretty screen that is only seen for a
few seconds.

"Confused" users either learn to ignore it or learn to read it. Educated
users don't have that option when it is obfuscated. If I want obsfucation of
the boot process my father would be running Win2k for his network's NAT
router/firewall and not Linux.

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