Here is a bootsplash I made for the LinuxSampler project (http://www.linuxsampler.org). There's majorly just the LS symbol on the bootup progress
screen, no annoying text or even links. I would hate that as well! ;-)
The *silent* / console screen even doesn't annoy you with the symbol.
I uploaded it in Bootsplash format and fbsplash (/gensplash) format.
Resolutions: 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200