Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Jul 2005 17:06 UTC, submitted by improvedsource
Fedora Core "When I initially published the article, Boot Fedora Linux Faster, neither my server or me was ready for 22k visitors in one day. It seems that there is a great interest in the topic of reducing boot time. So I think a challenge is in order to get Linux people together to try to reduce boot time."
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InitNG.... would this be cheating?
by Morgul on Thu 28th Jul 2005 20:07 UTC
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Would it be cheating to use InitNG? (http://initng.thinktux.net/index.php/Main_Page) I've played with it a bit, and honestly, it seems like one of the fastest growing projects I've seen in a while... it works *really* well... my home system boots in about 8 seconds, 4 of which is the kernel. It's the easiest way to reduce boot time, and still keep all the services you have.

You see, comparing windows and linux boot times isn't qa good idea, since it's apples and oranges... however your average user will still do that, since boot time is important to them. Now, windows has been innovating over the last few versions, making changes... but linux hasn't. (My latest gentoo install still uses the same version of SysVInit that Redhat 7.3 shipped with... with only a few minor revisions). Enter InitNG. It's really pretty nice, since it loads everything in parallel (more than one at a time), instead of in serial (one at a time)... which makes booting pretty quick. Now, something to note is that what InitNG maxamizes is the HardDisk access time, and (to a lesser extent) the CPU usage. Niether windows, nor SysVInit does this. So, want to make thing boot quicker? Use InitNG!

**For those who don't know, SysVInit is the program the kernel starts that loads all your services... InitNG is a replacement for that (which can be installed along side the orriginal SysVInit.)**

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