Linux Journal: Reducing OS Boot Times for In-Car Computer Applications, Part III
Oct 27, 2004, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Damien Stolarz)
"This is the final article in a three-part series (see
Resources) on reducing boot times for in-car computers. The impetus
for the project has been my company, CarBot, where we're trying to
get computer hardware to behave as it should in a car. In the
previous two articles, I discussed a range of solutions for solving
the problem of slow boots. In the months since those articles were
written, we've thoroughly explored the possibility of using a BIOS
replacement on the VIA Epia-M boards in an attempt to reduce boot
times to the theoretical minimum. During this time, we've also
discovered some hacks that can be used to minimize the effect of
boot times on the user experience.
"In our earlier articles, we compared the unnecessarily slow
boot process to that of a car radio. The car radio boot times have
climbed from nearly instant in the 1980s to several seconds today,
but they still are rapid enough to be hardly noticeable..."
Boot Times for In-Car Computer Applications, Part I"
Boot Times for In-Car Computer Applications, Part II"