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How to give yourself a grub splash screen of your choice

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I like my machine to boot with grub (given that I dual boot) and I like to have a nice image when I’m taking my 15 seconds to decide which OS I want to boot into. Or in case a supermodel just happens to be looking over my shoulder while I’m starting my laptop up.

It’s actually quite easy to take a picture you know and love and convert it into a splash image for Grub to grab. I’m using Ubuntu, but this will work for any linux distro that uses Grub.

First, locate your image. Mine is a screen capture from the movie Seven Samurai. I’ve named it 7samurai1.jpg, which is what I’ll use for this example.

First, we’ll need to download a tool to help us convert images. Convert is part of the imagemagick suite, so let’s get the whole shebang.

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