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As a Linux newbee, I would like to know What exactly is the significance of "Quiet Splash" in GRUB?

 GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"
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    Quiet = Don't show terminal output unless an error occurs. Splash = Show Splash Theme if available. – eyoung100 Oct 30 '14 at 21:27
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The splash (which eventually ends up in your /boot/grub/grub.cfg ) causes the splash screen to be shown.

At the same time you want the boot process to be quiet, as otherwise all kinds of messages would disrupt that splash screen.

Although specified in GRUB these are kernel parameters influencing the loading of the kernel or its modules, not something that changes GRUB behaviour. The significant part from GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT is CMDLINE_LINUX

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