scottl at freebsd.org
Sun Nov 28 17:22:40 PST 2004
Add the following to /boot/loader.conf:
You can also remove the following lines from /boot/loader.4th:
\ Load in the boot menu
\ Start the boot menu
Stephen Montgomery-Smith wrote:
> It is with a little intrepidation that I ask this question, because I
> sense that what I am about to ask might push some buttons, or perhaps
> bring back some unpleasant memories of those who have asked what I am
> going to ask in a less tactful manner.
> I find that the beastie that appears at boot time with FreeBSD 5.3
> mildly bothers me. It is possible for me to edit boot/beastie.4th, but
> this gets put back each time I do make installworld.
> Would it be possible to add a variable "show_beastie" to be put in
> /boot/loader.conf, which would default to "YES", but users could add in
> show_beastie="NO" if they didn't want it, but only want the menu.
> I am sure that this is a sensitive subject with you guys, because I know
> that you have no intention of associating FreeBSD with satanism or
> anything like that. It is not my intention to apply any kind of label
> of evil to you guys, indeed I find FreeBSD to be a very fine operating
> system, and I use it all the time. But the symbol which is commonly
> associated with the devil does cause me some discomfort, and for
> example, if I were to install some kind of server for my church, I think
> that it would bother them as well.
> I know that the the symbol of the beastie is strongly associated with
> FreeBSD, and that it would be grossly unfair for me to ask for it to be
> removed just because of my personal discomfort.
> That is why I am proposing the solution above. I think that it would be
> easy to implement by anyone who knows Forth (presuming that the
> loader.conf variables are known to the beastie.4th program), and that
> this would not interfere at all with those who don't mind or enjoy the
> beastie, but it would also help people like me in an unobtrusive manner.
> Best, Stephen
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