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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..."

Series Articles:
"Reducing OS Boot Times for In-Car Computer Applications, Part I"
"Reducing OS Boot Times for In-Car Computer Applications, Part II"

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