About improving Lubuntu Quantal boot time and a new year wish

John Hupp lubuntu at prpcompany.com
Fri Jan 4 19:22:09 UTC 2013

I don't have any answers for you, but thanks for an informative outline 
of available tools!

And yes, your observation about Linux Mint is tantalizing.

On 1/3/2013 6:10 PM, Pascual Lucero wrote:
> Hello,
> 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?*
> Thanks!

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