About 2 weeks ago I started noticing something different with Ubuntu 11.10 on my laptop. During shutdown none of the ugly boot messages were showing. I was elated. Since the days when boot splash was introduced into Linux nothing much has developed over the course of, more or less, a decade. Sure the names are different and they keep coming up with something new – bootsplash, usplash, plymouth – but these apps have one thing in common in that it never truly hides the boot messages. Always there are remnants of the these ugly text during logout and on shutdown. These graphical boot splash apps are kind of clunky, inconsistent, and lacks the finesse when compared to the Windows 7 and prior Windows OS versions.