I am running slackware 9.1, and just downloaded the 2.6.3 kernel (I realize that 2.6.4 is out--but I wanted to use bootsplash), and patched it for bootsplash. I then installed it, and got bootsplash to work.
I upgraded from 2.6.1, and didn't make a whole lot of changes in the .config file. I added acpi (I already had apm, but I wanted to use features from both). And for bootsplash, I added "VESA VGA graphics console" and "Use splash screen instead of boot logo" and I also enabled "Initial Ramdisk support"
I read somewhere that ramdisk can slow things down, but apps in KDE (including KDE itself) are taking a LOT longer to load (like 3 or 4 times as long). I can't tell if the boot itself is taking a lot longer (I suspect it might be), but I checked the process table, and artsd is using 40%, but nothing else is really using any resources.
So why is artsd using so much cpu?
Is ramdisk the culprit?
Can I fix this and still use the bootsplash?
Thanks for the help