Yes, we probably won't have a splash screen in the next release. Nothing seems to work consistently for now. Splashy doesn't work at all with KMS, you only get a blank screen instead. There is a workaround, but it's really ugly. There are other solutions that work with KMS, but they don't work at all if KMS is not supported, so they're not a solution either. Disabling KMS completely is not a good idea, my intel refuses to launch X if I do. KMS also gives me native resolution in the framebuffer, which is absolutely great and I'd take that instead of a splash screen anytime. We could have a splash screen if we compiled our own kernel, but we really want to stay compatible with slackware with that, so we won't do that. Instead of having a splash screen, I thought that we could minimize the need for a splash screen and so I've tweaked the init scripts and now my laptop boots into xfce in 32 seconds instead of the 72 it needed before. I also colorized the boot messages a bit, so they're not that boring anymore.
I see now, it sounds reasonable. Thank you for explaining that. I didn't know that the latest intel driver requires KMS.
Don't get me wrong because I don't have anything against the virtual consoles. Actually I'm an everyday bash user. Basically it's my default way for interacting with the machine. My predilection for the splash image was purely aesthetic and I think that terminal emulators in X are more flexible and powerful than virtual consoles. Actually, the only two reasons I use the virtual consoles is when X is not working and I need to fix it up or when I need to start another X session. I could us New Login from the System Menu but old habits are hard to die.
The colored output is really useful. Thank you for that.