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Default Kubuntu plymouth looks boring so I searched for a way to modify it. The only way to modify it is to install plymouth theme. But I don’t find a concise tutorial on how to do it in Kubuntu so I decided to create one using concepts I searched across the web. This works for me. In fact I already used windows 7 plymouth in my machine.

Using super-boot-manager

  1. Install super-boot-manager
  2. Alt+F2 then type super-boot-manager then select plymouth manager button.
  3. Browse for desired theme and double click to download and install the theme. Kubuntu plymouth themes are placed in /lib/plymouth/themes and super-boot-manager also puts all downloaded themes there.
  4. Backup original default.plymouth if you haven’t backed it up yet -> sudo mv /etc/alternatives/default.plymouth /etc/alternatives/default.plymouth.original
  5. Remove default plymouth -> sudo rm /etc/alternatives/default.plymouth
  6. select desired plymouth -> sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth
  7. Finally, update the system and grub -> Update initramfs -> sudo update-initramfs -u && sudo update-grub

Manually download a theme from kde-look.org. Let’s use windows 7 theme as an example in the entire steps.

  1. Download and extract the theme. The folder name of windows 7 theme as of today is 7
  2. Go to extracted folder and open .plymouth file to any text editor. 7 theme plymouth file file name as of today is 7.plymouth
  3. Search for ImageDir and ScriptFile and modify it
    Eg.

    ImageDir=/home/cloudx/plymouth/7/
    ScriptFile=/home/cloudx/plymouth/7/7.script

    Change /home/cloudx/plymouth to /lib/plymouth/themes.

    ImageDir=/lib/plymouth/themes/7/
    ScriptFile=/lib/plymouth/themes/7/7.script
  4. Move or copy the entire 7 folder to /lib/plymout/themes
  5. Backup original default.plymouth if you haven’t backed it up yet -> sudo mv /etc/alternatives/default.plymouth /etc/alternatives/default.plymouth.original
  6. Remove default plymouth -> sudo rm /etc/alternatives/default.plymouth
  7. select desired plymouth -> sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth
  8. Finally, update the system and grub -&gt Update initramfs -> sudo update-initramfs -u && sudo update-grub
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