Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 9th May 2005 18:38 UTC, submitted by Robert Burns
Slackware, Slax "I have very mixed feelings about this release of Slackware. I do not think that the underlying philosophy of Slackware is obsolete. The concept of a system that can be configured and molded to the n'th degree is still in my opinion very much a good idea. However, this release of Slackware is not without its problems in execution." Read the review here.
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RE: Boot time
by Řyvind S. on Tue 10th May 2005 09:08 UTC

Why does every GNU/Linux review talk about boot time.
GNU/Linux was designed to be ON all the time. The Linux
kernel is stabel enough to allow the system to run for
Months on end. Services can be started and stopped with
out a reboot. Unless your changing the actual Kernel, once a system is booted theres no reason to shut it down.

I would think this follows naturally from the increasing use of Linux on laptops (where I find myself annoyed over slow startup, can't use ACPI sleep-functions; it doesn't work) and as a desktop-OS in general. Not everyone likes to have their computers on and humming 24/7. Also, today's computers consume a lot more power than in the old days. Leaving your computer turned on for absolutely no reason (you don't need it online, you're not at home, you use a DE with session management, etc, etc.), is a waste, the way I see it. I hope there will be general improvements in the init-system, to speed things up a bit (like doing some form of safe parallelization of startup scripts). Btw. today's best distro when it comes to startup performance has to be Gentoo (too bad I got tired of all the compiling and switched=).