[kwlug-disc] Decrease boot time

Lori Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Thu Dec 17 12:13:00 EST 2009


I get the impression most of boot time is spent waiting for reads from
the hard drive.  I got a solid-state drive (SSD) for my laptop and the
difference compared to a 5400RPM SATA drive is remarkable.  I have not
timed it, but boot time is cut in half - or more.  Software tweaks might
get you an extra second here or there, but faster hardware is the only
way to make a big difference.

The latest ubuntu also makes a point of quick boot times.  

Win7 boots quickly.  It is all the crap-ware loaded on the machine that
takes forever to start up. 

On Thu, 2009-12-17 at 08:54 -0800, Daniel Jolkowski wrote:
> Custom kernel, have your modules built into it.  No initrd.  
> Not that I've done any of this myself.  My eee, that doesn't work
> much, will boot in 8 seconds.
>  
> Daniel
> 
> 
> 
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> Subject: [kwlug-disc] Decrease boot time
> 
> I was reading about complaints on boot time with windows 7 (talk of it
> eventually degrading to taking 6 minutes to boot) and it got me
> thinking.
> 
> Is there anything in linux that folks do to decrease boot time?
> Specifically the desktop because of course I only reboot my webservers
> every few years when we're doing something hardware related.
> 
> 
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