Boot-time improvements

Mackenzie Morgan macoafi at
Wed Sep 10 23:30:48 UTC 2008

On Thu, 2008-09-11 at 01:19 +0200, Morten Kjeldgaard wrote:
> On 09/09/2008, at 20.31, Jonathan Carter (highvoltage) wrote:
> > Some systems have been really successful at making it *appear* as if  
> > the
> > system starts up faster. In my opinion, where the system can't be made
> > to boot faster, it should be made to appear so.
> Is booting really relevant these days?  Not for me. At work, the  
> servers and desktops run weeks and months without a reboot. My  
> personal laptop, an old Apple Powerbook, boots perhaps once a month.  
> It just sleeps when I close it and wake up right away when I open it.

Consider the state of Linux ACPI.  Now rethink that.  Hibernate and
suspend do not work all that well for all that many users.  One of my
friends just got a new laptop.  It shuts down in about 15 seconds.  It
takes 30 seconds after it finishes suspending to power off.  For him,
boot time really does matter, because suspend is unusably slow.

Mackenzie Morgan
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