I got a bit bored by the static-ness of the whole thing and decided to create a custom loader screen for use at the company I work for.
Here are details on how to get started:
Well, I'll also post a couple of details on commands to run:
make (to make the .so)
cp your-custom.so /usr/lib/usplash
ln -sf /usr/lib/usplash/your-custom.so /usr/lib/usplash/usplash-artwork.so
update-alternatives --config usplash-artwork.so
( select yours )
dpkg-reconfigure linux-image-$(uname -r)
( recreates initramfs )
That should do it.
Very important thing. There is no need to restart inbetween your tests. It is not very easy to find, but usplash has a testing mode. (Alt-Ctrl-F7 gets you back to X)
Here is some source code that shows some simple animation to get started with:
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