Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Jul 2004 08:45 UTC
Editorial This article describes some of my annoyances in computing. If you had any problems reading this article, then skip this one. It will only be a waste of your time. There are a lot of annoying things in the wonderful world of computing. Of course, nothing is perfect, but that doesn't mean we are not allowed to complain and scream and throw our keyboards at our monitors when yet another irritation pops up.
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by dpi on Mon 12th Jul 2004 10:15 UTC

"This irritation lies in the same path as my hate against bootloaders. Some people who might in fact remember my two "Hell & Bliss" articles from last summer (part I and part II), might also remember that one of my problems concerning Linux (not the kernel, the OS) was it's relative slow boot time. That comment triggered a lot of silly remarks ("My Gentoo boots 2.720 seconds faster than your Windows XP!" and "So what, my DOS boots in 1 second!"), but fact is that operating systems take too much time to load. Whether it be Linux, Windows, BeOS or whatever other obscure OS: they require so much time to load."

Blaat. Do yourself a favor:
1) Cut off irrelevant services enabled at boot time. Use an OS which does this by default.
2) Keep the OS running and go to the toilet after you did that 1 per month reboot.
3) Get yourself a faster HDD, architecture.
4) Get yourself a nice CF to boot off.

Regarding bootloaders, they have to be specific then. It seems like a trend to put everything on the BIOS including networking. But DEC and Sun have already done similar with ARC and Openfirmware. ARC wasn't particulary good since it had dependancies on Windows NT. I suggest something similar for x86 as done before: putting the bootloader in a PROM and give it the abilities of: networking, telnet/ssh, RS232/RS432 support and get the damn ball rollin' for workstations, desktops AND servers in both corporate, NGO, gov and home user envs.