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How to change or customize the Ubuntu boot loader screen



Once you have installed Ubuntu on your computer or laptop, each time you start you computer the boot loader screen welcomes you. If you have multiple operating systems running on your machine the boot loader screen helps you decide which operating system or environment you want to work in. But the default boot loader screen is quite drab and it reminds you of the old DOS days. With a program called Burg (yup, almost sounds like a burger) you can completely change or customize your boot loader screen.

Check out here how your boot loader screen may look after you have installed the program that lets you customize your boot loader screen.

First of all you need to install Burg in order to change or customize your boot loader screen. There are many ways you can install programs in Ubuntu but the best option is to add the apt repository. Most of the commonly-used repositories are already added when you install the latest Ubuntu version, there are some you need to add later on to install different programs. In order tp install this particular repository you need to install the following command in the Terminal windows:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bean123ch/burg

Some activity will take place and when you’re back on the command prompt in the Terminal window you need to update the repository locally by running the following command:

sudo apt-get update

After this, close the Terminal window and launch the Synaptic Package Manager (System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager) and in the search box search for “burg” (without the quotes). You will get a list of burg-related programs to install. Simply click Burg and the rest will be automatically selected.

Customize boot loader screen in Ubuntu

Click Apply. In the proceeding screen (shown below, not the ones that come while processing your installation request) click Forward.

Customize boot loader screen in Ubuntu

The next screen asks you where you want to install Burg. The default partition where Ubuntu is installed should be selected. After selecting, click Forward.

Customise boot loader screen in Ubuntuby

That’s it. Burg is installed. Just to make sure it properly starts at the boot loader screen, just update it using the following command in the Terminal window:

sudo update-burg

When you reboot, your boot loader screen may look this way:

You can change the resolution by pressing F3 and even change the look by changing the boot loader theme by pressing F2.

Want some more themes?

You can simply search on Google, download the themes and then store them in /boot/burg/themes. The next time you restart your computer, these themes will be available to you.

My only gripe with this program is that it replaces the Grub program that lets you decide for how many seconds the boot loader screen must be displayed before it proceeds with loading the default operating system and also lets you set the default operating system.