Most users will probably look at this unusual boot animation tweak and wonder why in the world anyone would do this, but developers and Linux lovers will nostalgically giggle and cheer. Rather than having boring pre-recorded boot animations, why not see the actual boot messages fly by, akin to booting a Linux machine?

Chainfire, one of xda's moderators, cooked up a boot animation replacement called live dmesg boot ani that does just that - now instead of your carrier's logo, you can see all kinds of geeky boot goodness your device has been secretly spitting out all along. The program requires root (there is no doubt that it would be impossible without it) and is available in the Market for $2.83 Update: the author emailed in to let us know he knocked the price down to $1.99.

Have a look at the blurry demo and then hit up a sample of the data you will expect to see (it's an excerpt of the dmesg boot log from the Linux box that powers AP):


NET: Registered protocol family 17
Using IPI No-Shortcut mode
ACPI: (supports S0 S1 S4 S5)
Initalizing network drop monitor service
Freeing unused kernel memory: 232k freed
Write protecting the kernel read-only data: 403k
Time: acpi_pm clocksource has been installed.
input: AT Translated Set 2 keyboard as /class/input/input0
input: ImPS/2 Generic Wheel Mouse as /class/input/input1
ohci_hcd: 2005 April 22 USB 1.1 'Open' Host Controller (OHCI) Driver (PCI)
USB Universal Host Controller Interface driver v3.0
SCSI subsystem initialized
VMware PVSCSI driver - version
ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:03:00.0[A] -> GSI 18 (level, low) -> IRQ 51
pvscsi: using 64bit dma
PCI: Setting latency timer of device 0000:03:00.0 to 64
pvscsi: using MSI
scsi0 : VMware PVSCSI storage adapter rev 2, req/cmp/msg rings: 8/8/1 pages, cmd_per_lun=64
VMware PVSCSI rev 2 on bus:3 slot:0 func:0 host #0
  Vendor: VMware    Model: Virtual disk      Rev: 1.0
  Type:   Direct-Access                      ANSI SCSI revision: 02
SCSI device sda: 207848970 512-byte hdwr sectors (106419 MB)
sda: Write Protect is off
sda: Mode Sense: 03 00 00 00
sda: cache data unavailable
sda: assuming drive cache: write through
SCSI device sda: 207848970 512-byte hdwr sectors (106419 MB)
sda: Write Protect is off


Thanks, Jorrit