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Bring Back Fedora's Beefy Miracle boot splash

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Way back in 2012 when Fedora releases had names, there was one release that many of us in the Fedora community will never forget. Fedora 17’s code name was “Beefy Miracle” and it caused plenty of giggles and lots of consternation (especially in vegetarian and vegan circles).

No matter how you feel about the code name, the mascot was really good:

Major and the beefy miracle in 2012

The mustard #

I was told several times that “the mustard indicates progress.” That didn’t make a lot of sense to me until I saw the Plymouth boot splash. During the boot-up, the mustard moves from bottom to top to indicate how much of the boot process has completed.

You can try out the hot dog boot splash yourself with a few quick commands on Fedora.

First off, install the hot-dog plymouth theme:

sudo dnf install plymouth-theme-hot-dog

Set the theme as the default and rebuild the initrd to ensure that the boot screen is updated after you reboot:

sudo plymouth-set-default-theme --rebuild-initrd hot-dog

This step takes a few moments to finish since it causes dracut to rebuild the entire initrd with the new plymouth theme. Once it finishes, reboot your computer and you should get something like this:

Hot dog boot splash