Sunday, August 30, 2009

Fedora 12 Alpha

The new Fedora is available as an alpha download here. Haven't really had much time to dig into the new features, but here are the installation screen shots (installed on a virtual machine using the Live CD and Q).

Notice (especially) the kick-ass artwork!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Graphical Boot in Fedora 10 (and Later)

If you use Fedora 10 (or a later version), you may have heard that there is a new graphical boot sequence using something called Plymouth. But if you see this kind of tri-color bar, then Plymouth is using its fall-back mode in the absence of a kernel mode setting display driver.

To get beyond this fail-safe mode, you can add a mode setting yourself. To test it out, you can just add something like vga=0x318 to the initrd line right from the boot menu in grub. From the boot menu, press "Tab" to edit and you can modify the command. For example:

The vga=0x318 is a reasonable default (1024 x 768); look here for alternatives like vga=0x314.

If you get it right, the boot sequence should look more like this ... the Fedora call-out fills up during boot and pulses before the login prompt appears.

If you're not a fan of the filling call-out, there are other themes available. Search for spinfinity and you'll find how you can use plymouth-set-default-plugin to use a different theme. Here's the how-to that helped me set up the solar theme.