About improving Lubuntu Quantal boot time and a new year wish

Pascual Lucero pascualucero at gmail.com
Thu Jan 3 23:10:22 UTC 2013


I would like to ask about measures to improve Lubuntu Quantal boot time and
Lubuntu boot time in general (I used in the past Lubuntu 11.10 y Lubuntu
12.04). Usually I uninstall programs that I don't need in my computer (for
example, bluetooth-related programs) and I have followed several
recommendations from different websites about programs that are not needed
at startup and have used programs like sysv-rc-conf, bum  in order to
remove unnecessary services. Similarly, I have edited /etc/xdg/autostart
for the same purpose and of course, looked at "Desktop Session Settings"
and have changed the grub options in /etc/default/grub in the line
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT to "quiet 3" as I saw in one recommendation.
Finally, I have checked with bootchart and have seen that apparently
plymouth takes most of the boot time as well as ntfs-3g (because I
automatically mount a ntfs partition). I removed in /etc/fstab the
automatic mounting of that ntfs-3g partition I had as a final measure.

With those measures, boot time is about 25 seconds (i.e, from choosing
Lubuntu in the grub menu until seen the login screen it takes that time).
In which sense this is relatively slow? Before, with a fresh install it was
30 seconds.

- I installed in the same computer Ubuntu 12.10 (with Unity) and boot time
was 32 seconds with a fresh install.
- I also installed in the same computer Linux Mint 14 Xfce edition and boot
time was 14 seconds with a fresh install!! (What is the secret?)

So, I don't undestand why Lubuntu, being the lightest Ubuntu variant, is
not as fast at boot time as a Xfce variant and how can this boot time can
be improved. I am amazed that also, in terms of battery life in my laptop,
the power consumption is even worse. Certainly, Lubuntu is very responsive
and and light in terms of CPU and RAM usage (and I use Lubuntu for may
everyday work). However, in the aspects I have mentioned, you don't feel
the difference you would expect in using a lightweight DE.

Is there another tip I have missed to improve boot time in my computer? Are
there plans to work in improving Lubuntu boot time (for all users) in
future versions?

Thanks for your attention,

*PS: New year's wish: I have seen Lubuntu artwork very developed ... but
only in the default light theme. Are there plans to work in creating a dark
theme on par with the light one?*

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