Measuring Ubuntu's Boot Performance

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| Even with many new features and additions appearing in every new Ubuntu
| release, it's gratifying to see the boot time continuing to drop. While our
| Ubuntu 8.04 build was three seconds slower than Ubuntu 7.10, it was a
| development build and we would expect further optimizations to occur prior to
| the April release of Hardy Heron. With Ubuntu gearing up to increase their
| presence on mobile Linux devices, the boot time will become increasingly
| important so we would expect optimizations not only now but in the long-term
| as well.


Startup times

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| PCLinuxOS 2007 (on my home laptop, a middle-of-the-road machine): 40 seconds
| Mandriva 2008: 40 seconds
| Xubuntu 7.10: 45 seconds
| openSUSE 10.3 (clean install, OSS/KDE): about 45 seconds
| Fedora 8: about 50 seconds (a huge improvement over the last few versions :-)
| Windows Vista: 3 minutes 45 seconds
| ...What?

Ubuntu vs. That Other OS

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| Both machines have the same exact specs, both have been used for the same
| time (to be fair I have tweaked the OS on the left quite a bit to optimize
| it). Ubuntu is already idle by the time the video ends; while the other PC
| takes 30 seconds more than what I’ve uploaded to idle the hard drive.

Quick booting SBC runs Debian Linux

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| Technologic Systems has announced a single-board computer (SBC) claimed to
| boot Linux 2.6 in under two seconds.

Mach Boot: The live CD that supposedly boots in 10 seconds

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| Mach Boot won't replace Knoppix, and it won't replace Puppy, DSL or NimbleX
| either. But it's a tool all its own, one that could be very useful with a
| little more development time.

Tiny WiFi-enabled Linux box boots in 1.1 seconds

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| Technologic continues to reduce the boot time, price, and size of
| its embedded boards and systems targeting remote sensing and other
| power-critical applications. Its new $100 ARM9-based TS-7400 board can
| boot Linux in 1.1 seconds, and is available as part of a tiny
| WiFi-enabled system.

Flexible ARM9 SBC boots Linux in 1.69 seconds

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| Technologic Systems is offering a freely downloadable, Debian-based Linux
| OS image said to boot from an SD card in less than two seconds, on the
| company's ARM9-based SBC (single-board computer).

Phoenix HyperSpace: Quick-Boot Your Laptop

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| Phoenix Technologies' new HyperSpace is an instant-on environment for
| laptops, letting users launch a browser or other apps with booting into the
| OS.
| Today, Phoenix Technologies introduced a firmware product called HyperSpace,
| which allows PCs to run a number of applications separate from the operating
| system. What that means is that if you use a PC equipped with HyperSpace, you
| will be able to quick-boot your notebook into a secure Linux environment,
| where you can use Web browsers like FireFox and pre-loaded Web-aware apps
| like Google Earth, Picasa, and the like.
| [...]
| Also, since HyperSpace is a Linux-based platform, Windows viruses won't
| affect it.