"This is already a substantial improvement, but he believes that
there is still room for more aggressive optimization. Canonical,
the company behind Ubuntu, will continue pushing the limits of boot
performance during the upcoming development cycle for Ubuntu 9.10,
which is codenamed Karmic Koala. According to Remnant, the company
aims to achieve a ten-second boot time next year for Ubuntu 10.04,
the release that will follow after Karmic.
"In a message posted to the Ubuntu developer mailing list,
Remnant describes how the additional boot performance improvements
will be achieved. An important part of their speedy startup
strategy will be getting the Xorg display server up and running as
soon as possible. This means that a big part of the focus will be
cutting down the amount of time that is needed to bring up the
components that have to be in place before Xorg can start—the
udev device manager and initramfs, a temporary filesystem that is
loaded into system memory to facilitate the startup process."