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This is actually somewhat big news that freespire is adopting Ubuntu's upstart:
If Canonical keeps up the great work and continues improving upstart, we might have a true SysV init replacement. It would be interesting to see if Fedora is considering using upstart also.
Cool! I wasn't going to download the alphas, but now I think I am upon that news. One major turnoff for me in using Linspire/Freespire (and Xandros and Suse and others) was the loooong boot time compared to Windows, Solaris and smaller distros like Zen. Ubuntu 6.10 was very refreshing in this regard for a mainstream distro.
I hate to add a comment to this attention lacking thread...but...
My boot time is still like 1:46 seconds, it is better but not amazing IMO.