Remember the old grub? When you could just go into /boot/grub/menu.lst (on Debianesque OS’s) or /boot/grub/grub.conf (on Redhatian OS’s) and edit & save the file raw.
Those days are gone the new grub version 1.98+20100804-5ubuntu3 on Ubuntu 10.10 is now fully modularized with configuration files in /etc/grub.d and a defaults file located at /etc/defaults/grub
I am having a problem on boot with my system boot stopping at the kubuntu splash screen and it’s not suprising because I have been trying just about every Ubuntu flavour and then removing them. And now despite removing all the dependent apps I know of for kubuntu-desktop I’m left with the kubuntu splash screen and it refusing to start the gdm window manager.
So after a Google that said to disable the
splash kernel command line options so you can see what going on I was left scratching my head as to how on the new GRUB 2.0 style setup.
Open /etc/defaults/grub and edit it to remove the options
# use your favourite editor to edit the file sudo vi /etc/default/grub # then you must run update-grub to update the /boot/grub/grub.cfg # to update the listed kernel command line options sudo update-grub
Change this in /etc/defaults grub
# GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash" # changed by james to disable the above options GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=""
Incidently this whole thing was caused by removing kubuntu and once I removed the quiet and splash option and rebooted I found the boot process was freezing at “Checking battery state…” which is a generic error but fortunately a Ubuntu forums post had the answer to my problem which was
apt-get install kdm http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=10365572&postcount=3
So now I’m using Getting Back to a Pure Gnome on Ubuntu to purge all the different desktops and hopefully get back to my (currently) preferred LXDE Desktop.