When I boot any GNU/Linux distribution (tried it with ubuntu and OpenSUSE), the booting process goes like this:
- ugly text dumping, usually loading dæmons
- splash screen
- tty prompt flickers, because it's set to auto login
- then it flickers to the DM
- then it flickers to the actual desktop
So, a lot of text I don't want to see and a lot of flickering. I wonder if it's because of a technical restriction that would require a complete redesign of some parts of the system (X, for example) or because developers are too lazy? Windows and Mac OS X get it right, so I know it's possible.