Somehow, that package you speak of showed up as "installed" when searching for it using GSlapt. I told myself "eh what the heck, might as well try reinstalling it" which I did. It both fixed and didn't fix the problem. Let me explain. Now, the bootsplash works fine. The text shows up correctly and the progress indicator, well.... indicated progress. Unfortunately, the bootsplash theme is that of Vector Linux standard with the evergrowing penguins. I would like to know if it's possible to get the GlassLights theme from VL SOHO back. The folder that contained the theme seemed to have been deleted (without my consent) by the installation of other packages. If not, I guess the bootsplash is currently working and its aesthetics aren't so important.