Howto: Backport the latest usplash to Dapper

September 26, 2006 at 7:29 pm | Posted in tips and tricks, xubuntu | 4 Comments

If you’re interested in putting the latest and greatest usplash on Xubuntu Dapper, you can. Here’s how:

1) Get the needed development packages:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get build-dep usplash xubuntu-artwork

2) Get Edgy’s source packages (not binary), and download them:

sudo sh -c "echo 'deb-src edgy main restricted universe multiverse' >> /etc/apt/sources.list"
sudo apt-get update
apt-get source usplash xubuntu-artwork

3) Begin to build the packages for usplash:

cd usplash-0.4
dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot

4) Install them:

cd ..
sudo dpkg -i usplash*.deb

5) Begin to build the packages for Xubuntu’s usplash:

cd xubuntu-artwork-0.11
dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot

6) Install these too:

cd ..
sudo dpkg -i xubuntu-artwork-usplash*.deb

Enjoy! You’ll want to remove the line
deb-src edgy main restricted universe multiverse
from /etc/apt/sources.list, or you’ll have problems compiling packages.

(Credit goes to jamadagni at



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  1. How do we get the old usplash on edgy? The mouse on the wheel was really cute and memorable and the new one isn’t at all…

  2. Don’t do sudo apt-get source, it’s not necessary and just means that you can’t edit the files that it downloads. apt-get source is sufficient. All that command does is download the source code and dump it on your hard drive. No administrative privileges required.

  3. Just checking, but the answer seems obvious…is anyone still updating this blog? I keep checking in hoping to see new activity! Love XFCE and Xubuntu on my old laptop, definitely can use some tips and tricks…

  4. I want the cute mouse too!!! Where is it?

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