From Audiovisual Identity Database

1st Screen (2004-2009)

Screen: On a black background, there is a circle made up of curves with circles in the middle, jutting into the curves, making it represent a group of people holding hands (albeit, very abstract). The circle is also in red, orange, and yellow. To the right is "ubuntu" in a bloated font which is black with a white outline that appears to be glowing. On the bottom is a bar that slowly fills up with orange blocks.

Variants: In different updates, the boot screen will change to look more detailed. Beginning with version 6.10, the bar looks like the Windows XP boot screen bar.

Technique: Computer animation.

Music/Sounds: There are 3 versions:

  • Startup before 6.10: A rising synth with various dings. Sounds somewhat like the 1st half of the PS1 startup.
  • Shutdown before 6.10: The same thing but shortened and in reverse.
  • Startup on 6.10 beta: A tune that sounds like a high and low tom beat with a large violin and choir melody, ending with a cymbal hit and a wildlife recording.
  • Shutdown on 6.10 beta: A slower version of the drumbeat, with a 3-note rearrangement of the theme.
  • Startup after 6.10: A short version of the 6.10 beta startup.
  • Shutdown after 6.10: The last note of the melody from the startup sound.

The sounds might be disabled by default in most systems.

Availability: Extremely rare.

2nd Screen (2009-2010)


Screen: Very similar to the last one, except it is in a brown background with a shade. The logo is colored white as well as the download bar, which is thinner.

Technique: Computer animation.

Music/Sounds: Same as the startups and shutdowns after 6.10.

Availability: Extremely rare.

3rd Screen (2010-2019)


Screen: Similar to the last one, but the background is dark maroon, the text "ubuntu" is in a different font and the icon is moved to the top right of the text and put in a circle. Also, the download bar looks like white circles turning orange after 0.75 seconds, reversing after that and looping.

Technique: Computer animation.


  • Sounds before 18.10: Same as the startups and shutdowns after 6.10.
  • Sounds after 18.10: The startup sound is changed; it starts with a reverse cymbal, and then a 4-note xylophone melody is played, with the final note being long. There is no shutdown sound.

Availability: Rare.

4th Screen (2019-)

Screen: Same as before, but the logo is put to the bottom, the background is black and the download bar looks like a spinning half circle.

Variant: Beginning with 22.04 LTS, the logo has changed, so the curves of the circle are merged, and the circle becomes a vertical rectangle. The text is now title case and is at the right of the rectangle.

Technique: Computer animation.

Music/Sounds: Same as the startup in 18.10.

Availability: Uncommon.

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