Inspired by a recent posting on Planet Eclipse, I thought that I would share with you a hack that I have used to change the splash screen that is used when Eclipse starts. Enjoy.
Changing the Splash Screen:
1.) Navigate to the directory where you installed Eclipse, which I will now refer to as $ECLIPSE_HOME
2.) Move to the following directory $ECLIPSE_HOME/plugins/org.eclipse.platform_xxxxxx
3.) There you will find a file called splash.bmp
4.) Rename this file to splash.bmp.bak in order to keep the original file.
5.) Create your new bitmap file and place it in this directory as splash.bmp
And that is all there is to it.
Note: I am currently using eclipse-rcp-europa-winter-win32, so the directory on my machine that contains the splash.bmp file is org.eclipse.platform_3.3.3.r33x_r20080129. If you are using a different version of Eclipse, it may be something different, but it should at least start with the org.eclipse.platform.