java -splash is not used on Linux due to bug 178453. As JDK problem 6379447 was fixed long time ago in 1.6u21, I guess we should enable -splash on Unixes again.
May still be plenty of people using 6u20 or earlier; do we have statistics on this?
Need to take into account bug #201377.
Assigned to new owner.
Simple fix for the 6u20 problem, is to write down the splash.gif cache file only if the IDE is running on newer version of JDK. That will work in majority of cases.
There is not much work to make it work. Just:
#1 - revert http://hg.netbeans.org/main-golden/rev/0d600a0c79a3
#2 - write down the cache only on newer JDKs.
Tonda, assign to me, if you want to me do it for 7.2.
 Unless somebody starts on JDK6u21 one day and then returns back to JDK6u20 later.
Integrated into 'main-golden', will be available in build *201302092300* on http://bits.netbeans.org/dev/nightly/ (upload may still be in progress)
User: Jiri Rechtacek <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Log: #201377: Enable java -splash on Linux;
don't care about Java 6 in light of near switching to Java 7 or newer
Yes, the -splash is used on my $ java -version
java version "1.7.0_13"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0_13-b20)
Java HotSpot(TM) Server VM (build 23.7-b01, mixed mode)
and it shows pretty damn fast! Great.
I've noticed just one problem - on my multi monitor setup the splash is not centred properly.