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SubjectRe: Boot messages (Was: Re: Ideas for v2.1)
On 28 Jun 1996, H. Peter Anvin wrote:

> >Yes, you missed the point. The point is that some people do not want
> >to see the boot messages. By the time init is spawned the kernel has
> >already spewed out several pages of cryptic stuff and you might as
> >well start X.
> >
>
> Being credited, however briefly, in the bootup phase of millions of
> computers is also a motivating factor for Linux developers. I think
> it isn't more than fair that they get their credit.

It is also the case that the kernel source contains all of the credits, and
that having a clean simple boot for those who are more comfortable with it
will tend to produce a favorable impression of Linux in new users,
particularly those who haven't used a unix-style system before.

Perhaps it would be useful to display one, brief copyright-and-credits
notice which directs the user to a file containing all of the credits.

This can be done easily enough, in official or unofficial kernel patches.



lilo



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