"Canonical expressed their plans to achieve a ten-second boot
time in June of last year for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, with their
reference system being a Dell Mini 9 netbook. In February, we last
checked on Ubuntu's boot performance and found it close, but not
quite there yet, but did they end up hitting this goal for the
final release of the Lucid Lynx? Well, from our tests, not quite.
We tested out a near-final version of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on three
netbooks -- including a Dell Mini 9 -- and the boot speed is not
quite in the single digits.
"Our tests were simple, we performed clean installations of an
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS snapshot on three netbooks: the Dell Mini 9,
Samsung NC10, and ASUS Eee PC 1201N. After installing Ubuntu i386
to each netbook (except for the x86_64 edition with the ASUS 1201N
as it has a 64-bit Intel CPU), we did not adjust any settings or
install/remove any packages besides putting on Bootchart. After
that, we rebooted each system three times and then took the third
Bootchart result. We also repeated this same testing under Ubuntu
9.10 "Karmic Koala" on the same hardware for reference
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