Grub2 Fingerprint packaged

Yesterday I had a hard evening, but I did it. Grub2 Fingerprint is now available as a nice Debian package.

Once again a short explanation what it is exactly. One and a half year ago I stumbled on Gnome-Look over a theme for USplash (the program drawing the boot screens these days). As none of the different versions would work for me, I created my own Boot Screen. Based on the same picture I created a Grub background as well.

As Usplash and Grub1 are outdated, I am trying to port my themes to Grub2 and Plymouth.

Grub2 Fingerprint is the theme for grub2 displaying a background picture. The most recent version is 0.1-ubuntu2

Unfortunately I don’t know C and so it take some good time for me to understand the basics of makefiles. But in the end I created one and were able to package it. A small tutorial will come soon.

Where can I get the package?

The package and its source code can be found on Launchpad. I created a PPA containing Grub2 Fingerprint. The plymouth theme will be available from there as well. To install Grub2 Fingerprint use:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:phylu/boot-fingerprint
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install grub2-fingerprint

If you find any Bugs. Please report them.

Everybody who is not using a Debian based distribution can try to download the source, unpack it and use

$ sudo make install
$ sudo update-grub

or use the version with installation script.

Grub2 Fingerprint V0.1

I took my Grub Fingerprint theme and created a background image that is really compatible with Grub 2. It comes with an install script, so you just need to unpack it and run

$ sudo ./install.sh

to get it working. To uninstall the background there is an uninstall script as well.

It worked perfect for me but if there are any problems please give me your feedback.

Here is the package: grub2-fingerprint-0.1

Next thing to do is to port the Usplash theme to Plymouth.

Linux Gamer’s money

I just stumbled over the data for the sales of the Humble Indie Bundle. The money made as of Saturday 09. May around 6pm local time is: $612,300 by 72,969 people with an average price for the bundle of $8.39. The average amount by Linux users is $13.95. That is more than $6 more than the average the Windows users spend.

The revenue per operating system is: Windows: 52%, Mac 24% and Linux 24%.

With a market share of Linux operating systems of only 1% (Source: Wikipedia) I am wondering, why they make 24% of the revenue for the Humble Indie Bundle.

Are there so few good Linux games, that the personal value is much more than for the spoiled Windows users?

Are the main Linux users all people with good jobs and can just afford to pay more?

Are the Linux users more likely adults than kids (as on Windows) and therefore have more money?

Do Linux users safe so much money on other software, that they have it for games?

Any other ideas? Or a solution perhaps? Please tell me.

Humble Indie Bundle

Many blogs have already reported about the Humble Indie Bundle. So just a short notice: Download 6 games for Windows, Linux and Mac and pay as much as you want.

Wait: 6 games? The other blogs all said they are 5.

Amnita Design (The developers of the really nice game Machinarium) have contributed Samorost 2 as well. I have not yet played it, but I am sure, i will.

The whole thing is running for two more days. So pick your wallet and pay whatever you want for 6 games.

Gears running again

In Lucid there is a working version of gears available (version 0.5.36.0). My patched one seems to be not working any more.

To install it, just install the package gears:

$ sudo apt-get install gears