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What is the purpose of /opt/pt-splashscreen/splash.mp4?

Has anyone looked at this video? It's a ~50s long video of the splash screen that appears whenever X starts, complete with that progress bar, supposedly showing startup progress that always moves faster in some places and slower in others.

I guess what I want to know is, might we replace this with a shorter startup video in order to improve startup time?

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See the thread "Start-Up animation - what is happening" in this forum. Maybe this answers part of your question. If not, please feel free to ask again.

I am normally booting directly to the desktop (having set up my system as described in that thread). This reduces the startup time substantially. If you want to go from there to the pi-top dashboard, you can always use the menu "other" "pi-top-dashboard". Then you have to wait a while until the dashboard is ready.

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