Sometime soon the 10.0 will come out (no idea exactly when, so no new news here) and we will all live in heavenly bliss at the amazing new features - check the reduced boot time - about 20 seconds quicker on my powerbook compared to the 9.3.
Oh, yeah, there is that "little thing" about an available PPC distro - long live SUSE PPC! The developers put their hard earned time into this because they love it and deserve a big "Thank You" from all of us. As an old-school SUSE employee I can clearly remember when our PPC Box sold quite a few more in America than anyone expected.
My first dabblings with boot graphics were, in fact, on PPC, starting with the first non-official SUSE PPC "releases".
How many Distro's use the bootsplash or related ideas? Quite a few. It is amazing what can come out of a few months drinking and smoking too much with a good friend after hours at work. Good job, huh? Think again. At the time we were unloved for wasting our time on this stuff. Years later was I told by a former boss that he was amazed that the bootsplash stuff is here to stay although "we" didn't even want it at the time. Funny, how that works.