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Parallelize Applications for Faster Linux Booting

Jun 18, 2008, 04:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by M. Tim Jones)

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"One of the biggest complaints about Linux, particularly from developers, is the speed with which Linux boots. By default, Linux is a general-purpose operating system that can serve as a client desktop or server right out of the box. Because of this flexibility, Linux serves a wide base but is suboptimal for any particular configuration. This article shows you options to increase the speed with which Linux boots, including two options for parallelizing the initialization process. It also shows you how to visualize graphically the performance of the boot process.

"A common complaint about GNU/Linux (other than its lack of a reasonable kernel debugger) is the amount of time the operating system takes to start. You could sum up this process as booting, but in fact several independent tasks are involved to evolve from a cold system to one that you can interact with through a shell or window manager. Let's review the Linux boot and initialization process..."

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