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[News] Red Hat Improves Linux Startup Sequence

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A Closer Look At Red Hat's Plymouth

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| Back in July we shared Red Hat's intentions to replace RHGB with Plymouth, a 
| new graphical boot process that is able to benefit from the latest Linux 
| graphics capabilities. Red Hat engineers had primarily designed Plymouth 
| around a forthcoming feature we've talked about quite a bit known as kernel 
| mode-setting, which provides end-users with a cleaner and flicker-free boot 
| experience. In September in The State of Kernel Mode-Setting we then shared 
| more information on Plymouth along with a brief video. Most recently we 
| published another video of Plymouth that shows the tighter integration 
| between the boot process and starting the GNOME Display Manager. Today though 
| we are looking at Plymouth and its different plug-ins along with providing a 
| few more videos.          


Interview: Fedora 10’s Better Startup

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| For the longest time now, GNU/Linux distributions have been criticised by 
| desktop and laptop users for starting up too slowly. More recently, within 
| the Fedora community particularly there have been increasing numbers of 
| complaints about the amount of “flicker” that happens as the system switched 
| from Grub to RHGB to GDM etc. Fedora 10 is going to change all of that, 
| however, and to talk us through this feature Fedora developers Adam Jackson 
| and Ray Strode agreed to an interview.      



Kernel space: ELF prediction to speed application startup

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| A new technique might make it faster to get started with a large application, 
| by giving the kernel advance notice of what are most likely to be the 
| program's commonly used memory pages  



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.   


Is your Anti-Virus software slowing down your Vista boot time?

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| When Microsoft first announced the feature set for Vista, one of the things 
| they claimed was that you would actually have shorter startup times, but we 
| later discovered that what they meant was that there would be power saving 
| features that would make it easy to put your PC into sleep mode when you're 
| not using it and quickly resume.    


The Vista Sleep of Death

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| Ok, I have to admit I did have issues with the Vista Sleep of Death 
| (so-called). Sometimes my computer would go into sleep mode and be difficult 
| to wake up.  


Windows Vista's Hideous Wakeup Support

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| One thing we just can't wrap our mind about is the terrible,
| broken, and completely pitiful support for waking Vista up from
| a Deep Sleep or hibernation.' Any time you attempt to wake Vista
| up from Hibernation or "Deep Sleep" (S3-induced sleep mode), it
| dies. It's either a BSOD, or a driver error, or a broken network,
| no DWM, lack of sound... the list goes on, and on. So much for an
| operating system to "power" the future! (No pun intended!) That's
| with properly-signed drivers and no buggy software on
| multiple PCs...


Vista SP1 a Performance Dud

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| After extensive testing of both RTM and SP1-patched versions of Windows 
| Vista, it seems clear that the hoped-for performance fixes that Microsoft has 
| been hinting at never materialized. Vista + SP1 is no faster than Vista from 
| the RTM image.   
| Bottom Line: If you've been disappointed with the performance of Windows 
| Vista to date, get used to it. SP1 is simply not the panacea that many 
| predicted. In the end, it's Vista's architecture - not a lack of tuning or 
| bug fixes - that makes it perform so poorly on systems that 
| were "barn-burners" under Windows XP.    


Vista Irritations

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| According to this Slashdot article, copying, moving and deleting
| files is slower under Vista. At least now I know why extracting a
| compressed file under Vista is like watching paint dry/grass grow
| (I've only tried using Winzip 11).
| [...]
| Now we name our directory and it?s done right? Not quite, because
| after typing your directory name and pressing enter, it's time
| for yet more prompts...


Vista: Slow and Dangerous

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| Most of the time I spent testing Vista was with sluggish pre-release
| versions. I expected things to improve when I ran the finished software
| on PCs configured for the new Windows version. I now realize that
| Vista really is slow unless you throw a lot of hardware at it.
| Microsoft claims it will run with 512 megabytes of memory. I had
| recommended a minimum of a gigabyte, but 2 GB is more like it if
| you want snappy performance.
| [...]
| The most exasperating thing about Vista, though, is the security
| feature called User Account Control. UAC, satirized in an Apple
| ad as a security guy who constantly interrupts a conversation, 
| appears as a pop-up asking permission before Windows...


Copying files across LAN with Vista is deathly slow

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| Copying files from my XP video capture pc to my Vista pc is 3 times
| slower than copying from my XP video capture PC to my old XP PC.


Copying files across LAN with Vista is deathly slow

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| Copying files from my XP video capture pc to my Vista pc is 3 times
| slower than copying from my XP video capture PC to my old XP PC.


The copy process may stop responding when you try to copy files from a server
on a network to a Windows Vista-based computer

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| On a Windows Vista-based computer, when you try to copy files from a
| server on a network, the copy process may stop responding (hang), and
| you may receive a message that resembles the following:
| Calculating Time Remaining
| 0 minutes remaining 

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