elementary GRUB theme

Registered by Eduard Gotwig on 2012-10-07

elementary should use some sort of a custom GRUB theme that matches the smooth boot expirience of the other components, like plymouth. If not, we would have to use this normal ubuntu background. I think no one likes that.

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I definetly agree about a custom elementary theme to replace GRUB as it is now. The experience from power on to login should be smooth and beautiful, hiding all less relevant information (e.g. in a menu like with the "uboot" mockups) and showing you the most important options in an elegant simplistic manner. I think this implies the use of GURB, which I believe allows for more sophisticated designs. If I'm correct GRUB customization support stops at a simple background image and some typographical layouts. I already found these BURG themes made by fans; http://luxieblack.deviantart.com/art/elementary-burg-unofficial-333971677 and my favorite in elegance; http://luxieblack.deviantart.com/art/Darkness-BURG-theme-322981112 and this on really matches and complements the current Plymouth design for Luna as well. They could provide a nice basis for a more mature theme by the eOS devs. -- Felix

I suggest http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/GS%2BBeefy+Miracle+GRUB+and+Plymouth+theme?content=154495 as a template for our own GRUB theme. I think we need some designers for concept art of our own one. What about using this new kind of descriptions for entries, like in upcoming ubuntu 12.10 ? --gotwig

I'm partial to the simplicity of the default debian grub theme http://media.if-not-true-then-false.com/2012/08/01-debian-grub.png it's only a matter of a simple background image and a matching theme, but it makes a world of a difference. maybe something along this lines, but with the infamous 'e' instead of the debian swirl and some other colors mimicking the plymouth theme (white-on-black)? --zoltan-tamas-vajda

No, the BOOT Menu should be neutral! --gotwig

For a neutral bootloader I kind of like the way chameleon bootloader (used in osx86 builds) works: http://chameleon.osx86.hu/images/24.png
I remember seeing a similar mockup way back for grub, not sure if anyone ever made it work though. --zotlan-tamas-vajda

Found the mockups!
http://files.digitizor.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/uboot.png
http://files.digitizor.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/uboot2.png
I think something like this (ofcourse w/o the ubuntu branding and colors) might just work with the current plymouth theme. Still not sure if this can actually be done with grub. --zoltan-tamas-vajda

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