Smiley face not 100% ready yet?

OpenSolaris 2008.11 has a new feature called graphical boot. We call it internally the "Smiley face". Unfortunately this otherwise cool feature has one big problem - if you disable gdm and boot with the graphical boot you won't see the command line prompt. Which is why there is a second option in GRUB called the "text boot" which will work as the old regular text boot.

The nice thing about graphical boot is that it doesn't show you the command line prompt when you boot into X11, so beginners will not try to login in text prompt before X11 comes up (I've seen that happening a few times). This is however quite useless on a server, which is why you can choose the second GRUB option and make it default if you want.

Btw, I was wondering where the "smiley face" idea came from and saw this picture - do you also see the resemblance? :)



Comments:

Is the happyface progress bar supposed to appear when shutting the system down? On my laptop I get a white screen once X is shutdown.

Posted by andrewk8 on November 29, 2008 at 02:18 AM GMT #

Yeah, that doesn't seem to work for me as well. Maybe the next version...

Posted by Roman Strobl on November 29, 2008 at 02:38 AM GMT #

Same problem here. I assume the newbies that would login on the textconsole will think the box has crashed since a gdm smf issue seems to slow down the shutdown process (takes a few minutes, sometimes with no disk activity at all). I think the login problem is by far not a big as this one.

Regards,
Björn

Posted by xRaich[o]²x on November 29, 2008 at 02:50 AM GMT #

It looks like there are a few issues in this first run but the concept is great. It's the little things like this that make the difference

Posted by Che Kristo on November 29, 2008 at 04:45 AM GMT #

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