Displaying a staic screen (console) either image or text rather that prompting login

I am building a Linux server that I do not want the end user to mess with. I would rather that when the computer first boots up, it displays a splash screen rather than everything it is doing (that would be nice but not necessary) and then at the end when the server is running, to just display either a splash screen, or a formated text display rather than a login prompt. (I know, and most heavy user know they can Alt-f2, 3, 4, 5, 6 to another console for the login, but for console 1, I would like just to display the screen. (I have seen packaged products that do this such as eSoft instagate software). We are maintaining the server remotely (telnet, rsh, ftp etc...) so I do not want to mess up those features, just the initial boot for console 1.

Thanks in advance.
dwandersAsked:
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dufdufConnect With a Mentor Commented:
http://www.bootsplash.org/ helps with the splash screen. I know practically nothing about it, but I guess their website tells something. I only know, that it involves a kernel patch and some userspace stuff. If you don't feel like that, you could edit your init scripts and redirect all output >/dev/null.

If you don't want to allow console access, you can do it by editing /etc/inittab. Mine has lines like these, and yours should include something similar:

id:2:initdefault:
[lots of lines cut]
1:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty1
2:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty2

These tell that /sbin/getty is run on vc's 1 and 2, if runlevel is 2 or 3, and that normal boot defaults to runlevel 2 (initdefault). Now change the default runlevel to eg. 4, and after next reboot you won't get login screens at all. If you need to get console access, you have to boot the machine into single-user mode. What users will see is the output of the last init script and init telling that there are no more processes.

man init
man inittab
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ahoffmannCommented:
or simply disable getty (mingetty, vboxgetty, whatever) in /etc/inittab
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