"In December we wrote that Ubuntu 10.04 already
shortened the boot time, which has been a great focus amongst
Canonical and Ubuntu developers as they strive for a ten second
boot. A lot has changed since that article was published last year,
including the introduction of Plymouth and many kernel mode-setting
improvements along with the introduction of Nouveau for NVIDIA KMS
support. We've ran a new boot performance comparison on two laptops
and a netbook as we see how the boot times are looking with Ubuntu
10.04 LTS when compared to Ubuntu 9.10. We have also looked at how
the power consumption has changed in the Lucid Lynx for these
"The first system we tested with Ubuntu 9.10 and Ubuntu 10.04
(2010-02-23 daily LiveCD snapshot) was a Samsung NC10 netbook. This
Intel-powered netbook had an Atom N270 1.60GHz processor, Intel
945GME graphics, 2GB of DDR2 memory, a 32GB OCZ Core Series SSD,
and a 1024 x 600 LVDS panel. We compared the 2.6.31-based Ubuntu
9.10 and 2.6.32-based Ubuntu 10.04 daily LiveCD in a stock
configuration after both operating systems were cleanly installed.
This process was the same when testing out the other
notebooks/netbooks as well. Below is the Bootchart output from the
Karmic Koala and Lucid Lynx on the Samsung NC10."
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