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[News] Measurement of the Improved Boot Time in Linux

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Checking In On Ubuntu Karmic's Boot Time

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| The testing for this article was very simple. We performed clean 
| installations of Ubuntu 8.10, 9.04, and 9.10 (using a daily LiveCD from 
| 2009-08-25) on a Dell Inspiron Mini 9, Samsung NC10, and a Lenovo ThinkPad 
| T60. Once the installation was complete, we installed Bootchart and that was 
| the only change made to any of the distributions. After that and a few 
| reboots later, we had our Bootchart numbers and then proceeded to test the 
| next Ubuntu release in the same fashion.      



Boot Time: Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 4 vs. Windows 7 RC

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| I know, I know, there's a miliard videos comparing boot time out there, and
| this one is no different. In the following video you can see two computers
| with the exact same specifications booting Windows 7 Release Candidate and
| Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) Alpha 4.


Jaunty boot up times

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| I've noticed how fast Jaunty is on my Thinkpad X300. Well, I timed it today:
| Â Â * Power on: 0:00
| Â Â * Thinkpad bootsplash clears: 5:26
| Â Â * Grub text clears: 10:50
| Â Â * Ubuntu progress bar appears: 15:07
| Â Â * Ubuntu progress bar finishes: 22:98
| Â Â * GDM login prompt: 26:52


Ubuntu 9.04 Boot Times

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| Charles Dickens wrote that "It was the best of times, it was the worst of
| times". I have a feeling that he wasnât referring to computer operating
| system boot times, but that's what Iâm going to discuss today. More
| specifically Ubuntu 9.04's boot times.


Ubuntu 9.04 boots in 17.5 seconds!

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| Recently I treated myself to a solid-state drive (SSD). Thatâs essentially a
| hard-drive made out of memory chips. I bought the Intel X25-E Extreme, which
| uses faster single-level cell (SLC) memory chips instead of slower
| multi-level cell (MLC) memory chips.



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 Iâve 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.

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