If you are a Linux user, you may be familiar with the settings it offers. Whether it is changing the icon package or the operating system theme, nothing can be changed by a Linux user.

In addition to all these parameters, Linux offers its users the possibility of changing the boot animation of their system. So, if you are tired of the same boot animation on your Linux system, you can change it to make it less monotonous.

In most popular Linux distributions Plymouth generates a boot animation. This software was developed under the direction of Ray Strode and was first included in Fedora 10, released in 2008. This software uses a direct rendering manager and KMS drivers to create animations during the boot process.

For this article we will use the machine running the Ubuntu distribution; other distributions also have a similar process to change the boot screen when the Plymouth program is used for the boot process. If not, you can install the Plymouth package on your system and change the startup animation. This guide is best suited for Ubuntu 20.04.

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Before you start changing the boot animation, make sure the Plymouth software is installed on your system. To do this, open a terminal on your system and run the following command.

plymouth policy sudo apt-cache

Then enter the system password to execute the sudo command.

If Plymouth software is installed on your system, the terminal displays the version of the Plymouth software currently running on your system. If not, you can install it with the following command.

sudo apt-get install plymouth-x11

After installing Plymouth on your system, follow the instructions below to change your system’s startup animation.

Step one: Open a terminal on the system by searching after pressing the Windows key.

Step two: Enter the command sudo apt – get install plymouth-theme-* to install all available themes from the official Plymouth repository.

Step three: After you install the themes, run the command sudo update-alternatives -config default.plymouth to display all the themes installed on your system. Then type the number next to the desired field and press Enter.

Step four: Now restart your system to see the new boot animation on your system.

The above method uses the themes available in the official Plymouth repository, but you can also install themes created by independent developers.

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How do I install third-party themes?

To install third-party themes, do the following

Step one: Open the Plymouth Dwarf page and choose your favorite theme.

Step two: Download the theme by clicking on the download button

Step three: Unzip the downloaded file to your system

Step four: Open a terminal at the location of the extracted file by right-clicking on it and selecting Open in Terminal.

Step 5: Enter the command sudo ./install to install the theme on your system.

Step six: Type the number next to the topic you want to run in the download process and press Enter.

Since these themes are developed by independent developers, not all of them have an installer. Therefore, sudo ./install will not work on these files.

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How to install themes without the installer?

To install themes without the installer, you can do the following

Step one: Open the Plymouth Dwarf page and choose your favorite theme.

Step two: Download the theme by clicking on the download button

Step three: Unzip and copy the file

Step four: Open a terminal on the system by searching after pressing the Windows key.

Step 5: Type the command sudo nautilus to open your computer’s file system with superuser privileges.

Step six: Go to the following directory /usr/share/plymouth/themes and paste the extracted data folder there.

Seventh step: Open a command prompt and run the command sudo update-alternatives -install /usr/share/plymouth/themes/default.plymouth default.plymouth /usr/share/plymouth/themes/ location of the .plymouth file extracted priority number.

This command links the default .plymouth file to the new theme’s .plymouth file so that it can be selected during the boot process.

Step 8: Type the command sudo update-alternatives -config default.plymouth and select the file name of the newly installed theme by typing a number next to it

Step 9: Type the command sudo update-initramfs -u to update the theme on your system. You can now restart the system and a new boot screen will greet you.

This command updates the image in RAM so that it can be loaded during the boot process.

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