Enhancing cryptodisk login

Hi there,

Are there any plans to use e.g. Plymouth for login to encrypted partitions (LUKS) ?
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Plymouth
Many other distro’s have something similar.

I was also wondering if I can use Plymouth in combination with non-free NVIDIA drivers, or if I should use an alternative like https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Uvesafb

No thanks.

EndOS ethos is the installation of minimalist vanilla DE/WM Arch systems, then the user can customize to suit their needs and fancies.

This is a much better model than having dev personal preferences shoved down your gullet on each fresh install, and having to undo it all when not your personal preferences.

If you want Plymouth themed luks prompt knock yourself out, but it should not be a EndOS default. PITA to undo if you don’t know what you are doing.

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With an encrypted /boot you’ll still first see grub prompting you for a password. Plymouth then can take over the next stages but the initial password prompt won’t be “pretty”. Probably not what most users want or would expect.

This is the way I set up my systems; so I personally don’t have a use for plymouth. Plus, I like to see what’s going on during boot. :wink:

Thank you for the info.
I was hoping I could make a more elegant LUKS login.
Other distro’s seem to be handling that (Debian based for example).
But if it is not possible, I won’t waste time on this.
I don’t really have a need to see verbose startup after the first few successful boots.

EDIT: I found this Reddit post, suggesting Plymouth has theme options for LUKS login: https://www.reddit.com/r/linuxquestions/comments/fz42i7/how_to_theme_the_luks_full_disk_encryption_login/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3
Which also links back to Arch wiki.
I’ll have a go with this, as I am working on a farily fresh install it doesn’t matter if I bork something in the process.

It was not my intention to suggest adding this to the distro image. I merely want to customize my own boot experience.

As I said, it all comes down to the way you set up /boot.

  • Encrypted /boot:
    “Ugly” initial text based password input. There may be, but I don’t know of any way around this.
  • Unencrypted /boot:
    Plymouth does a nice job of prettying up the password prompt. This works on Arch too, of course. The link you initially posted has all the info to set it up.

Please post some screenshots if you manage to set it up. :smiley:

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I was interested in this, too, and I found some (very sparse!) advice here. I can’t tell if this works actually…