Fedora 10 uses a new grapical boot loader named plymouth. Supposedly it is much faster than the old rhgb(redhat graphical bootloader). Espcially if you have a Radeon grahpics card. Plymouth employ’s the use of kernel-mode driver setting’s passed from grub.conf file. This feature may let you enjoy a fast high resolution grapical boot. If you have the right grapics card. Specifically a Radeon R500 or higher… …sweet. Now the 35% of users that bought a Radeon over Nvidia can enjoy a quicker boot. Thank you RedHat. Thank you.
Annoyingly if you don’t have a decent Radeon card the system boots in an ugly 640×480 resolution, but that’s no worse than rhgb in the last release. Booting to an X login screen may be nice for the casual user, but I prefer watching my services start at boot. So naturaly the first thing I do after a new installation is edit my ‘/etc/inittab’ to boot to a command prompt (runlevel 3). The numeral highlighted in red is the run level Linux will boot to by default. Also known as the ‘default run level’. 🙂
So usually this would be good. Sadly no. Plymouth will boot in graphical mode anyway until all your services are loaded then kill the X session to a command prompt. But there is a silver lining in all this… if you have a great Radeon card you can watch in high resolution the stunning blue background and progress bar until it dumps you to a prompt!
So after much googling I found Fedora’s Doc’s(sorta), well it was more like a basic run down of Plymouth. The Doc said that if you delete the ‘rhgb’ as a kernel option in the grub.conf plymouth will boot without hiding the run level status. Below is an example of the ‘/boot/grub/grub.conf’ without the rhgb kernel option.
Delete ‘rhgb’ save and reboot. Good luck with Fedora 10. It is not as polished as some other previous releases but I’m working through it.