Ubuntu – How to disable the purple splash screen at boot


How can I disable the purple "Ubuntu" splash screen that displays at boot before the login screen has loaded? I'd prefer to just see plain text scroll by.

Best Answer

Quote from /usr/share/doc/plymouth/README.Debian (from package plymouth version 0.8.2-2ubuntu2, which is the one installed on Ubuntu 10.04):

There are two methods to disable the splash screen. Both have the same effect. Your boot will show such messages as are emitted by the starting services, and will still be able to prompt if needs be.

  1. Remove all of the plymouth-theme-* packages from your system, including the text ones. Plymouth will remain installed to permit boot-time prompts.

  2. Remove splash from the kernel command-line. You can do this per-boot, or make it permanent by changing the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT line in /etc/default/grub.

The second method also requires running update-grub as superuser, after editing that file.