Fbsplash (formerly gensplash) is a userspace implementation of a splash screen for Linux systems. It provides a graphical environment during system boot using the Linux framebuffer layer.
The fbsplash package provides the scripts for basic functionality. If you want more bells and whistles, like smooth progress, filesystem-check progress messages, support for boot-services/'daemons'-icons and theme hook scripts, you may also install the fbsplash-extras package.
Suspend to Disk
If you want suspend to disk with Fbsplash, install the uswsusp-fbsplash package from the AUR. For more info have a look at Pm-utils#Using_another_sleep_backend_.28like_uswsusp.29 or Suspend_to_Disk#Uswsusp_method (hibernate-script). Additionally there is limited support for using a Fbsplash theme in the tuxonice-userui package for those using a kernel with the TuxOnIce patch.
Kernel Command Line
Add something like this to your kernel line in /boot/grub/menu.lst or /etc/lilo.conf:
logo.nologo quiet nomodeset vga=792 console=tty1 splash=silent,fadein,fadeout,theme:arch-banner-icons
to enable the splash using a 1024x768 VESA-mode framebuffer. (For other screen resolutions have a look at GRUB#Framebuffer_resolution.)
If you are using KMS, add something like this:
logo.nologo quiet video=1280x800 console=tty1 splash=silent,fadein,fadeout,theme:arch-banner-icons
Put one or more of the themes you installed into /etc/conf.d/splash. You can also specify screen resolutions to save some initcpio space:
SPLASH_THEMES=( arch-black arch-banner-icons/1280x1024.cfg arch-banner-noicons/1280x1024.cfg )
If you start Xorg using DAEMONS, also set the appropriate rc.d-script name to avoid VT/keyboard struggle between Xorg and the splash daemon:
Starting Fbsplash early in the initcpio
Add fbsplash to the
HOOKS= line in /etc/mkinitcpio.conf :
HOOKS="base udev fbsplash ..."
Or if using uswsusp-fbsplash:
HOOKS="base udev ... uresume fbsplash ..."
Rebuild your initcpio via mkinitcpio. See the Mkinitcpio article.
If you have a kernel that supports Fbcondecor, you can get nice graphical console backgrounds beside the splash screen. Just search the AUR for fbcondecor
After installing your patched kernel and fbsplash, add fbcondecor to your DAEMONS array in rc.conf:
DAEMONS=(... fbcondecor ...)
There is also a config file /etc/conf.d/fbcondecor to set up the virtual terminals to be used.
You may even boot up with a nice console background and the plain Arch Linux boot messages instead of a splash screen. Just change your kernel cmdline to use the verbose mode:
quiet console=tty1 splash=verbose,theme:arch-banner-icons