A thing that I have always missed in Ubuntu (I come from Gentoo :D) is the coluors for the services at startup.
So, that's all. nothing more. it just makes startup messages colored like Gentoo does.
1) backup your original /etc/lsb-base-logging.sh and replace it with the attached one.
2) Change in /boot/menu.lst
from # defoptions=quiet splash
to # defoptions=quiet
optionally try # defoptions=quiet vga=792
3) $ sudo update-grub
Don't blame me if u burn up all!