On Knoppix-based distros, you get a nice Tux logo on the left of the screen during text boot. Is this possible to get on Ubuntu?
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This logo is a kernel compile option called "CONFIG_LOGO" - it is a boolean value - when it is set to true it displays the Logo on boot.
This logo appears through a framebuffer - that is how you get the graphical logo.
The Ubuntu kernels don't appear to use this compile option and hence it defaults to "false" which disables the logo. The probable reason for this is that it would interfere with Plymouth - you'll need to compile your own kernel to do this...
You'll need to install a framebuffer package such as
v86d and configure it correctly with your monitor resolution as per this ArchLinux wiki.
You'll also need to ensure when booting you do not use KMS - i.e.
i915.modeset=0 type parameters.