Ubuntu Tool Highlight: StartUp-Manager – Configure GRUB and Usplash

While perusing the Ubuntu forums for a way to fix my disappeared bootup and shutdown usplash, I found this great new tool for Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy) called StartUp-Manager or SUM.

StartUp-Manager Boot Options TabStartUp-Manager Appearance TabStartUp-Manager Security Tab

UPDATE (2007.02.12): Updated screenshots of the newest version of SUM can be found here.

SUM is a python-glade GUI tool for configuring the GRUB bootloader options, changing its appearance (like colors and background), and adding password protection to edit your GRUB menu.

SUM also allows you to configure your usplash and install new ones. This was great for me because I lost both the boot-up usplash and the shutdown usplash when I was trying to configure it. This fixed it in a cinch!

–> To download and install StartUp-Manager, download the DEB package attached to SUM’s official spot on the Ubuntu Forums here. UPDATE (2007.02.12): Homepage can be found here.

BUT A WORD OF CAUTION! It’s only for Ubuntu 6.10. It will NOT work with other Linux distributions!

The author warns:

If you are unlucky, this tool could make your system unable to start.
USE IT AT YOUR OWN RISK!

It is only tested with Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy).
It might work with other versions of Ubuntu, but it is not recommended.

It will most certainly NOT work with any other Linux distro.
It will also most certianly NOT work with Ubuntu if anything else than the Ubuntu installer created your GRUB config files (ie some other distro is installed after Ubuntu and has overwritten the MBR).

Since my system is Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy), I didn’t encounter any problems. All I had to do was install the deb file and that was it. No long installation process. Once installed, it can be accessed under System > Administration > StartUp-Manager.

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9 responses to “Ubuntu Tool Highlight: StartUp-Manager – Configure GRUB and Usplash”

  1. Robert says :

    That’s cool. Is that going to be in Ubuntu FF. If it does then that will be a great way for new users to work with there Grub. Thanks for the report and I hope it gets in FF.

  2. Kevin Guertin says :

    I am not sure if it will be included in Feisty. You can install it now, though, from the Ubuntu Forums link and Home link in the post.

  3. Fabian Rodriguez says :

    It would be nice to have this tool in universe for Gutsy. Is it being proposed / submitted ? are you seeking more testers and continuing its development ?

  4. Idetrorce says :

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you
    Idetrorce

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