Even though the bootloader looks decent, I don’t like the look of silver/grey color, so I decided to customize it. The process to customize rEFIt was relatively straight forward and the result is beautiful.
This is what I came up with:
This is what it looks like with a Windows Partition:
I love the simplicity of it!!
Here is a closeup of the icons / OS Choices:
I don’t really know where the icons came from, but they look tasty On Linux there is a decent package for working with mac icons (.icns) or
sudo apt-get install icnsutils which will get you some useful tools (png2icns and icns2png)
I did have to make a few modifications to the Tux icon [os_linux.icns] to give him a ‘glow’ so that he doesn’t fade into the black on black:
This windows Icon [os_win.icns] is the stock version I think (send me a link to the author if you know):
I did add a slight ‘glow’ to the apple icon [os_mac.icns] (send me a link to the author if you know):
I tried a number of custom ‘selected’ themes but gradients didn’t look right, so I went with the simple plan. The selection bitmap can be found here:
the process is simple once rEFIt is installed: modify the refit.conf with the icons in place, and you are done!
Here is what I came up with for my refit.conf (comments removed):
hideui tools shell funcs hdbadges label
The original comments in the refit.conf file are helpful! Its straight forward if you can read
- timeout = the number of seconds before it automatically chooses for you
- banner = the bitmap of the upper part of the screen (top left pixel = background color)
- selection_big = the grey ‘ring’ that indicated the selection
- hideui = Hide elements of rEFIt so we can get a clean interface
- legacyfirst = Legacy OS first (Linux)
Use at your own risk!!
If I had the time, it would be fun to build/enhance rEFIt to have an all-black fill instead of the grey/silver.
I’ve had a good experience with Ubuntu 9.04 on a 17" Macbook Pro, and I’ll Blog about it – and see what I can do to help update the documentation – look for an upcoming post.