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Archive for August 22nd, 2007

When you installed an artwork in Ubuntu, you’ll splash screen will automatically changed.

Ubuntu stores the splash screen file image at directory /usr/share/pixmaps/splash.

Then how could I know which image file is currently used for the splash screen?

After you enter user id and password at a login screen, you will see the splash screen. Remember the image.

Then open directory /usr/share/pixmaps/splash with nautilus (easy way) to see the image file name (the one that you’ve shown after you log on).

To do it, press combination buttons Alt+F2 to open Run Application then type

nautilus /usr/share/pixmaps/splash at text box and press Enter.

You will see all images in this directory. Remember the image file name.

You can close this screen.

 

Press Alt+F2, type xterm to open ubuntu terminal console.

Go to /usr/share/pixmaps/splash directory.

taufanlubis@zyrex:~$ cd /usr/share/pixmaps/splash/

taufanlubis@zyrex:/usr/share/pixmaps/splash$ ls -l

total 200

-rw-r–r– 1 root root 51796 2007-03-30 19:02 edubuntu-splash.png

-rw-r–r– 1 root root 37056 2007-04-11 09:53 gnome-splash.png

-rw-r–r– 1 root root 62058 2007-08-20 08:42 ubuntu-slick.png

-rw-r–r– 1 root root 35159 2007-03-29 17:19 ubuntu-smooth.png

taufanlubis@zyrex:/usr/share/pixmaps/splash$

 

My splash image file is edubuntu-splash.png because I used Edubuntu Artwork.

So, if you want to change the splash screen just replace the edubuntu-splash.png with other image file, but make sure the image file name is the same.

 

Or, just make a link that point to the edubuntu-splash.png.

Make a back up in case you will use this image file again next time.

taufanlubis@zyrex:/usr/share/pixmaps/splash$ sudo mv edubuntu-splash.png edubuntu-splash.png.bak

Password:

taufanlubis@zyrex:/usr/share/pixmaps/splash$ ls -l

total 200

-rw-r–r– 1 root root 51796 2007-03-30 19:02 edubuntu-splash.png.bak

-rw-r–r– 1 root root 37056 2007-04-11 09:53 gnome-splash.png

-rw-r–r– 1 root root 62058 2007-08-20 08:42 ubuntu-slick.png

-rw-r–r– 1 root root 35159 2007-03-29 17:19 ubuntu-smooth.png

taufanlubis@zyrex:/usr/share/pixmaps/splash$

 

If you want to use ubuntu-slick.png for my new splash image then you have to poin the ubuntu-slick.png to edubuntu-splash.png with a link.

taufanlubis@zyrex:/usr/share/pixmaps/splash$ sudo ln -s ubuntu-slick.png edubuntu-splash.png

taufanlubis@zyrex:/usr/share/pixmaps/splash$ ls -l

total 200

lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 16 2007-08-21 21:46 edubuntu-splash.png -> ubuntu-slick.png

-rw-r–r– 1 root root 51796 2007-03-30 19:02 edubuntu-splash.png.bak

-rw-r–r– 1 root root 37056 2007-04-11 09:53 gnome-splash.png

-rw-r–r– 1 root root 62058 2007-08-20 08:42 ubuntu-slick.png

-rw-r–r– 1 root root 35159 2007-03-29 17:19 ubuntu-smooth.png

taufanlubis@zyrex:/usr/share/pixmaps/splash$

 

Now, next time Ubuntu loads the image file edubuntu-splash.png, it will automatically load ubuntu-slick.png for the replacement.

Reboot your Ubuntu to see you new splash screen.

 

Note:

The summary of all explanations above is:

Just replace the current image file name at /usr/share/pixmaps/splash directory with a new file BUT must be with the same file name or create a link.

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