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Monday, September 3, 2007

GeekThought : Splash Screens

Are splash screens starting to die? Web browsers don't have splash screens anymore. OS X Leopard and Ubuntu Gutsy don't have splash screens....

What are your thoughts?

(GeekThoughts are written to get opinions from the computer-using community. Share your thoughts on the topic by commenting on this post.)


m1r said...

splash screen takes precious boot time speed :) as do start sounds , no need for them imo

Calvin said...

i don't think os splash screens will go away for a while. browser splash screens don't exist becuase it never takes more than 5 seconds to launch, as opposed to in the past. once os's will boot in under 10 seconds or so, i don't see why we should get rid of them.

farmeunit said...

They don't add much to start time. I actually like them for the OS. Not so much for apps.

Uresu said...

I'm dead against them to be honest. I'd rather OSX booted in verbose mode, and I pretty much always click "show details" when linux is booting behind a splash screen. Of course this just my opinion, but I'm not alone.

Danueil said...

In my opinion, the only thing that needs, or should have, a splash screen is the OS booting up. Individual apps should never have them. Nor should websites.

That's just my humble opinion, though.

mxcl said...

Splash screens are a poor substitute for decent startup notification.

OSX has great startup notification with the bouncing dock icon, so apps don't need splash screens.

Windows is the only OS with no startup notification, hence the proliferation of splash screens. There's no other way for users to be sure the app is starting up unless they listen for hard disk noise.

Windows is so backwards nowadays.

Anonymous said...


you can tell osx to verbosely boot there is a key shortcut you can use on bootup and there is also an openfirmware nvram option you can set to make it permenant from the command line.

Jake said...

I personally like how KDE handles its equivalent of splash screens.

When it first starts up, KDE shows the icons for the different components that are initializing. Thus, one still can see progress greater than a bar going across the screen. Luckily, on a modern computer you don't get to see this splash screen for long. :-)

Whenever you start a new application on KDE, by default you get a bouncing icon of the opening program next to your cursor, or in some cases until that application's start screen comes up. The only programs that I use that still have splash screens are OpenOffice.org and Abiword, though the latter scarcely needs it.

I think for individual applications, KDE has the right idea with a more passive loading indicator. However, I am assuming based on what you mentioned about OS X that it is has something similar.

Glenn said...

I turn off Usplash. I am pretty much against it unless its needed.

(edit your menu.list under /boot/ and go to the end of your main bootiing kernel and remove splash from the line)

I just prefer it, Dunno why. If a boot or splash screen made a distro, i would ha ve suffered through OpenSuSe longer.

just my 2 cents.