Splash Screens ("Startup Screens")
Here's how to change the mozilla startup-screen -- Robert Kaiser helped out with a Windows hint and Ismail Donmez sent a brief instruction how to change the splash screen on linux builds. As usual the latter is a little tougher, so here's how to do it for the hardboiled (Microsoft Windows "instructions" and some nice splash screens below):
- Instructions on how to change the default splash screen on MS Windows, Linux and MacOS X
- Credits for the splash screen designers
- Now, what is all that voting stuff about?
- And WTF is wrong with that cute green lizard?
From: ismail donmez Subject: mozilla splash screen on linux Date: Fri, 29 Mar 2002 If you want to change the splash screen on linux you gotta build rpm source, go to mozillla/xpfe/bootstrap and change splash.xpm If it fails to compile open splash.xpm with an editor and check if the header is splash[ ] instead of splash_xpm[ ]. If not change and save it, recompile.
I did not try it for myself, so I guess you have to rely on Ismail in this case
(though this sounds quite reasonable to me). :-)
Thanks a lot for sending this in!
Change Splash Screen on Microsoft Windows
From: Robert Kaiser Newsgroups: netscape.public.dev.xul, netscape.public.dev.skins Subject: Re: New splash screen? Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 (...) If you place a file called mozilla.bmp in the same directory as mozilla.exe in windows, this file will be used. A splash screen is usually not a part of a theme, because you can't have more than one splash screen installed (Mozilla doesn't know installed themes at lauch, where it has to load the splash).(...)
(Thanks to Robert Kaiser for this information!)
From: William Davis Subject: Mac splash screen installer Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2002 A Very nice splash screen installer can be found here: http://homepage.mac.com/malletandbare/products/csi/ [Note 2003-03-01: the new URL is http://malletandbare.free.fr/products/csi/] It works with Netscap, Mozilla, IE and OmniWeb. I used to install one of you cool spash screen and it works great. For OS X only. Hope this helps. (...)
I don't have a chance to give this one a try, but the homepage of this tool looks reasonable to me. All you need to do is download it, grab your favorite splash screens from this site and figure out if you need to do some graphics-format conversions.
Hav fun with this nifty tool and thanks a lot for sending this hint!
|bakandoo_*||Bakandoo||hand_on.tripod.co.jp||Thanks to Gashu (http://gashu.org) for the link!|
|bryce_*||Bryce Anderson||members.tripod.com/~Idafab/||"I celebrated the release of Mozilla 1.0 by getting drunk and churning out a Mozilla splash screen that didn't seem to suck. (...)"|
|slater_*||Slater||www.slater.ch/moz||Nice and clean - still my favorites|
|palimondo_*||Pavol "Palimondo" Vaškovic||www.pali.sk/mozilla/||Many nice variations of basically two different designs|
|marshy_*||David Marshy||www.marshy.com||Two nice and clean splash screens|
|grayrest_*||"Ratman"||Sharu's Page||A whole set of splash screens inspired by grayrest's nice icons for mozilla|
|johan_*||Johan Josefsson||Johan's Page||Two very nice and clear screen from Johan, I especially like the one to go with the orbit-theme|
|chrome_*||Well, yes, actually those are the ones I did :-)|
|various_*||My apologies -- I pulled those out of the newsgroups, from bugzilla or wherever I stumbled across a splash screen. If you've done one (or more) of them of if you know who did: Let me know and I'll put it up here!|
Let's start with what it is not about: This is not meant to convice the excellent mozilla UI people to change the current splash screen -- though I think it wouldn't do any harm if they did. :-)
I just collected some of the splash screens floating around the web and put them up in one place --- to build a voting facility around that was fairly easy, as it was already there (for the fun pictures).
Everytime you visit the splash screen page, the site brings up a random image and let's you vote on it. Voting takes you directly to the next (random) image.
You need to have cookies enabled, because you get a temporary cookie (session only) to make sure the site doesn't leave splash screens out while you walk through them. So in theory you should be able to vote on all of them, see every screen once and know that you're done if you don't get the voting controls anymore.
I did not try to figure out sophisticated anti-cheating techniques (as they most probably wouldn't work anyway), so please play fair and don't vote multiple times!
Well, glad you asked :-)
We had about a gazillion friendly discussions on that, so let me just quote from some of them:
Here's the short version:
> I still love this one. attached. it rocks. [green lizard attached as .bmp]
No, it doesn't. It violates Netscape's copyright. I wonder if it is really THAT difficult: RED. RED. RED. Not Green. RED. And it's a DINOSAUR. Not a lizard. A DINOSAUR. Mozilla --> red dinosaur Netscape --> green lizard RED. Not green. Dinosaur. Not Lizard.
If this is not sufficient for you, try this one:
> but it's gonna take a little more than your simple repetition > to convince me of your point of view. (who's calling who "dumb"?)
Actually I wasn't calling you "dumb", I was calling you "a little dumber than the rest".
> Maybe you'd care to make an argument, or would that be too taxing?
I'll try. Here we go: Dinosaur = Mozilla Lizard = Netscape Dinosaur = Red Lizard = Green Now that I see it written down I must admit it's a quite complex situation, so no shame on you if you still can't figure out why a "green lizard" for the "mozilla browser" does not rock.
> Mozilla IS the Green Lizard. It's his name!
*sigh* When the mozilla project (www.mozilla.org) started (1998) they indeed used the green netscape lizard (which was created in 1994 by Dave Titus) as part of their artwork, amazingly enough the whole site used to look quite like "developer.netscape.com" at that time (weird, isn't it?). IIRC it was Jamie Zawinski who was moving away from the "green lizard" -- helping to launch the "red dinosaur" -- which might be considered a smart move as Netscape (or, AOLTW if you want to put it that way) holds the copyright to "the green lizard" (this is approved by Mitchell Baker). So using the "green lizard" for the "mozilla browser" does not only "not rock", it's a copyright infringement as well.
> The red dinosaur design > sucks. He has no attitude or personality > [blahblahblah ...]
So why not go a file a bug (http://bugzilla.mozilla.org)? Chances are that we see it duped within a couple of minutes, though.
> And watch who you call dumb,
It was "dumber", remember?
> I probably have twice the GPA you've got, > in a harder major, if you even went to college. ass.
Yeah, sure, I'm probably god. And probably I'm not, so what? Nice language, btw. Do your parents know that you're abusing their computer to curse at adults? :-) And learn how to quote, please. /tdk Just in case you forgot while reading all the way down: RED. RED. RED. Not Green. RED. And it's a DINOSAUR. Not a lizard. A DINOSAUR. RED. Not green. Dinosaur. Not Lizard.
So, I'll leave it up to you to decide why there are (almost) no green lizards up here. Saying "almost": There's that small modification of the splash screen that's currently shipped with mozilla. Probably not a masterpiece of art, but I think it's a pretty funny idea, so that's why it's in the collection. :-)