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Translation of early-boot splash screens

February 17, 2012 — BarryK
When you boot Puppy from CD, and in some cases from USB or HD, a splash screen appears, to give an opportunity to enter kernel boot parameters. There are also two help screens, available by pressing <F2> or <F3>.

Side note: we probably should look into having this splash screen with frugal HD install and GRUB boot, it is useful.

Working towards being able to build a custom Puppy that boots first time in a non-English language, and is fully translated, I have added translation of the initial splash screen (file boot.msg) and the first help screen (file help.msg).

It is still a one-stop-shop for all translations, and this also is managed in MoManager. When someone creates a 'langpack' PET it may also now have the splash screen translations. If a pup is built in Woof with the langpack, 3builddistro will perform the translations.

To see how this was accomplished, look at the files in the latest Woof commit:


3builddistro oops
Username: BarryK
If you look at that commit, I just noticed lines 2369 and 2370 in 3builddistro have back-ticks. Wrong, have now removed them.

Grub gui
Username: Aitch
"Catdude created a grub gui ages ago...2008 I believe it works for frugal installs, but can't be certain, as I'm not using it any more I don't know if F2 and F3 have different options as I never used them....though I was aware of some key combination, it isn't widely publicised Aitch :)

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