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A bit short. I dont think it would break me from my debian addiction but I like to occasionally try others but usually run back to debian.
That boot time is awesome. I was happy with my minute or so on debian.
You mention stability and maturity but then I dont see much about what has matured and stabalized. Unless you are just talking in general it "feels" more mature and stable.
In her previous reviews she mentioned package upgrades in Current and Extra repositories often broke system or caused problems and not enough testing was put into it. Now it has been improved and such breakages are rare - this is what she means by stability and maturity I think.
The reason why Arch boots fast is partialy because it enables parallel execution of some init scripts, but mainly because the scripts witch must be executed sequentialy are few and get processed quickley. Its, at least to my experience, the fastest booting linux distro.
It would be nice if Ubuntu (the others aswell but Ubuntu is my distro of choice) implement something similar on the next release.
Yes, I'm a speed freak.
You could always enable simpleinit and boot parallel in any distro, it's part of the util-linux package:
make HAVE_KILL=yes HAVE_SLN=yes
make HAVE_KILL=yes HAVE_SLN=yes all-getty all-init all-misc
make HAVE_KILL=yes HAVE_SLN=yes install-init install-getty install-misc
make HAVE_KILL=yes HAVE_SLN=yes install
and you'll need some new rc scripts or add needs/provides statements to your existing, or take and hack mine: http://gnnix.org/base/root/dist/usr/src/gnxbootscripts-0.8/sbin/ini...