I don't know what I should buy, if I had to now.
An Asus mainboard of a friend of mine died.
I have a Gigabyte, but this is extreme buggy and reached EOL, so no hope for fixing the bugs. It also has USB problems and boots extremely slow. Probably I would buy the cheapest one I can find which has the features I need and is not too noname.
so what? my amd board from asrock gives me the choice between three boot pics. And there are tools to replace them (not from asrock). Intel only has special features like 'turn of smm and see cpu die' or 'make gpu even slower than a S3 virge from 1994'
Me too. The first thing to disable is full screen splash or something. I want to see my numbers and letters in good old fashioned 80x25. I also hate the precompiled distros that come with a splash during init. If something hangs I want to see exactly what is happening and if it is just maybe dhcpcd which is looking for an IP with a disconnected cable. Okay, there is often a "press Fx" for details but it still sucks. I mean what is so wrong seeing some text scrolling down? Hey, it's even colourful text.
And when the red [!!] appears when a daemon couldn't start I probably want to know that now and probably why it didn't start than later wondering why something just does not work.