You can choose the splash screen used by Gnome. The simplest way to do
this in Debian is with:
$ wajig update-alternatives desktop-splash
This allows a choice of a number of Debian supplied splash screens.
The splash screen can also be changed, for a specific user, to any
graphic by editing the gnome-session configuration with the
gconf-editor. You can start the Gnome configuration editor
Applications-->System Tools-->Configuration Editor.
Highlight splash_image and enter the path to the image you
wish to display. The default, in case you want to change back to it,
is /usr/share/images/desktop-base/desktop-splash, a symbolic
link to /etc/alternatives/desktop-splash, which in turn is a
symbolic link, that might point to
/usr/share/images/desktop-base/Splash-debblue.png, but is
managed with the update-alternatives command as above.
Sometimes the splash images stays around for quite a while until it
times out. If, for example, xmms
is automatically started
when you enter a Gnome session, then this will happen--because
is not communicating back to the Gnome session
manager properly. The splash screen will disappear of its own accord
eventually, although it will also disappear if you click it. The other
alternative is to remove the offending application from the session.
This same problem will also cause the Log Out action from the menus to
delay until the timeout. It will eventually display the logout prompt,
but it may take a little while.
Another program that causes some issues is gnubiff. Sometimes, gnubiff
gets into the session list multiple times or persists after removing
it from the panel, causing the same delays for Gnome.
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