Graphic /boot/loader menu

Conrad J. Sabatier conrads at
Sun Dec 18 17:24:50 UTC 2011

On Sat, 17 Dec 2011 11:13:44 +0800
Fbsd8 <fbsd8 at> wrote:

> What ever happened to the project to add an graphic boot/loader
> option menu?

I agree that FreeBSD could use a facelift in certain areas (the boot
screen looks horribly antiquated and DOSian), but it seems the majority
of FreeBSD developers are either not especially interested or are busy
enough already working on other things.

You'd probably do best to contact the Wiki page's author directly:

Oliver Fromme <olli at>

The last update to the Wiki page was in 2009, so this project may be
dead in the water.  Only Oliver could tell you for sure.

Another possibility would be to contact the PC-BSD folks and see if
they might let you "borrow" some of their work for porting over to
FreeBSD (assuming you have some developer skills yourself).

Then again, if this is *really* important to you, you could always just
try switching over to PC-BSD.  It does seem to be essentially the same
as FreeBSD, but with a number of GUI tools added.

Myself, personally, as much as I dislike the look of FreeBSD's boot
menu, it does have the advantage of being very lightweight and adding
minimal overhead to the booting process, which is an important
consideration for a lot of people, no doubt.  YMMV.

Let us know if you learn anything interesting re: this issue.

Conrad J. Sabatier
conrads at

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