Faster login

David Zeuthen davidz at
Mon Nov 15 15:41:26 UTC 2004

On Mon, 2004-11-15 at 00:03 -0500, Bill Nottingham wrote:
> David Zeuthen (davidz at said: 
> > So, in fact, if I boot my laptop with the kernel option vga=0x0317
> > (1024x768x24), then right after grub, I get the Tux log in the top along
> > with scrolling kernel messages. Almost there..
> The question here is...
> a) do you want to use vga16fb/vesafb everywhere (not portable to all
>    arches)

Well, if it's there we might as well use it.

> b) do you want to change the boot model depending on how supported
>    someone's particular card is for fb mode in the kernel?
> Not sure how useful this is just for hiding some kernel spew. :)

Ideally the time from grub to gdm should be < 10 secs anyway, so a blank
screen without progress bars will do I guess. I guess Seth, Bryan or
Diana can tell us why kernel spew is bad from a UI point of view. They
might even tell us we need the progress bar anyway, dunno.

Btw, it is my understanding that fb, drm and X (they all touch the
hardware ) might merge in the future (which could give us oops() on top
of X as in e.g. Solaris IIRC). Possibly far away. I could be wrong
though. Ideally, it would be good if we could just setup the monitor to
do the target resolution whenever the kernel boots and X will just take
over from there. I'm sure some of the X guys can enlighten us here.


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