Linked by David Adams on Mon 29th Sep 2008 02:58 UTC, submitted by AdamW
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris Mandriva has done quite a lot of work on optimizing boot speed for its latest release, Mandriva Linux 2009. Frederic Crozat (head of the French engineering team) has written a blog post summarizing Mandriva's past work on this front, and the tweaks and improvements made for 2009. It shows that close analysis of inefficiencies in boot, and fixing 'small' bugs, can result in gains as large or larger than 'big picture' items like new initialization systems.
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RE[3]: Linux can boot in 5s!
by yiyus on Mon 29th Sep 2008 14:33 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Linux can boot in 5s!"
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BeOS booted in 14s (from bootloader to GUI included) on my old Celeron333 + 128Mo of RAM, so it is possible to have a non hardware specific modern OS booting very fast.

As they said in another comment, BeOs is not Linux. If you want another example of a modern OS which boots fast have a look at Plan9. I can't give you numbers now (I'm @work), but I'd bet its boot time is not far from the 5 seconds (maybe it is even faster...).

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