Tuesday, June 28, 2016

[bbjtgbib] Clear before console login prompt

The Linux computer boots, displaying boot messages to console, then displaying a console login prompt.  As of Ubuntu 16.04 Server, the screen clears before displaying the console login prompt.

This is a terrible idea: the last few boot messages become unreadable because they flash by and are immediately cleared.

Worse yet, there seems to be a cron job that periodically clears the console.  This obscures previous failed login attempts.

All this is presumably to keep things looking nice, in line with Ubuntu's style of concealing as much potentially useful information as possible from the user, probably a misguided attempt to emulate Apple.

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