Grub2 theme in the spirit of Lubuntu?

John Hupp lubuntu at
Sun May 25 15:02:12 UTC 2014

I have set desktop-image in theme.txt and GRUB_BACKGROUND in 
/etc/default/grub to both point at the Lubuntu wallpaper file, and in my 
VM testing I don't see a terminal box.  It may be that it appears but 
blends so nicely that it's not apparent.

But the terminal box was apparent on real hardware when I was testing 
other things (before I started work on my theme), so that's why further 
testing is still on my to-do list.

If the terminal box appearance seems like a problem on real hardware, 
then I plan on looking at the further-refined hack nicely detailed in 
Towheeds Definitive Guide.  It provides more precision for the overlaid 
box.  See the section "Workarounds For Known Bugs - Apply a background 
image to the terminal window."  I think you already know about this 
guide, but for general reference an archive of the guide can be 
downloaded from

Setting terminal-box to a non-existent file set seemed to have the 
result in the VM that the terminal box did not appear.  But on real 
hardware with that setting, the default black box appeared. It may be 
that the VM just does not display the terminal box at all for some reason.

In any case, no, no way to truly make it not appear, but some hacks that 
may be workable enough.

On 5/25/2014 1:01 AM, Israel wrote:
> Keep up the Good work!!
> The terminal box is unavoidable unfortunately... however I have 
> 'overcome this' by adding a grub background that says 'Loading' So it 
> at least looks decent...  That terminal box is why I gave up theming 
> Grub.... I wish there was a way to hide it.
> Does anyone here know if you are able to hid it by anymeans?
> On 05/24/2014 04:20 PM, John Hupp wrote:
>> I updated my screen shots at Post your Grub 2 Themes 
>> <>
>> Still on my to-do list:
>> _ Lubuntu icon
>> _ LightDM shade of white?
>> _ Test on other hardware to see if an ugly terminal box appears
>> _ Install script
>> AFAIK, you can't style unselected boot menu items, so there is a 
>> limit to matching with the LightDM login screen.
>> On 5/23/2014 7:32 PM, John Hupp wrote:
>>> You can see a shot of the work-in-progress at Post your Grub 2 
>>> Themes 
>>> <>
>>> I have some other things on the to-do list also, but I would be 
>>> happy not only to have a Lubuntu icon, but also to know what shade 
>>> of white is used in the LightDM login box.
> -- 
> Regards

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