The Ubuntu Desktop is simple, uncluttered, and...brown
If you have problems with this splash screen, you can disable it. To do this, load the /boot/grub/menu.lst file into a text editor, and scroll to the bottom of the file. You should see a line such as this:
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.15-10-386 root=/dev/hda1 ro quiet splash
Just remove the splash word from the line and restart your computer. Now plain text boot messages are displayed when the system starts.