Linked by diegocg on Sun 13th May 2012 23:48 UTC
Linux Lennart Poettering, the author of systemd, has announced: "I just put a first version of a wiki document together that lists a couple of easy optimizations to get your boot times down to [less than] 2s. It also includes a list of suggested things to hack on to get even quicker boot-ups."
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RE: "modern systems"
by gan17 on Mon 14th May 2012 04:07 UTC in reply to ""modern systems""
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The document specifies that it works best on systems with SSDs. IOW computers that will boot in a few seconds using a normal init system. A 2-second boot on a machine with an SSD is not what I'd consider a big win.

I have an Atom netbook (maybe 4 yrs old now) with which I occasionally swap the storage drives. SSD runs Debian Sid and the stock 5400rpm HDD runs Arch Linux.

Arch + systemd alone wasn't that great, but Arch + systemd + e4rat (only works with ext4) gives me around 7sec from GRUB to prompt. Login time is a usually 1 - 1.5 sec after I do "startx", since I run lightweight tiling WMs most of the time.

You might want to check out the ArchWiki's e4rat page if you're on ext4 on a regular HDD.

Edited 2012-05-14 04:07 UTC

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