Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Apr 2010 18:30 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu It's that time of year again: a new Ubuntu release (or Kubuntu, if that's your thing). Canonical has just released Ubuntu 10.04, Lucid Lynx. This is a long term support release, meaning its supported period is far longer than that of normal releases. It comes with the latest and greatest the Free software world has to offer, while also adding some Ubuntu-specific features, of course.
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Boot times
by Superb on Thu 29th Apr 2010 19:09 UTC
Superb
Member since:
2010-02-20

After reading Phoronix's article about the improved boot times, I can't wait to download and try it.

Thanks for the news!

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RE: Boot times
by darknexus on Thu 29th Apr 2010 19:19 in reply to "Boot times"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Yes it boots fast, but honestly I don't see what all the fuss is about. It boots five seconds faster, so what? I'm honestly asking here since I don't get it, exactly what is the big obsession with boot times? Maybe it's just the way I use a computer, but I rarely reboot my desktop or laptop. In the case of my laptop (well, netbook) I put it into suspend, and resuming from that is quicker than any cold boot. It's not like that extra five or so seconds is going to make or break whatever you're doing.

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RE[2]: Boot times
by Superb on Thu 29th Apr 2010 19:30 in reply to "RE: Boot times"
Superb Member since:
2010-02-20

Well, after seeing some benchmarks I can definitely say it's not "just 5 seconds" faster... Much more than that. :O

And to be honest, it's not just the boot times that attract me. Looking at the new features page*, the whole OS looks very modern and slick.

* http://www.ubuntu.com/products/whatisubuntu/1004features

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RE[2]: Boot times
by ggeldenhuys on Thu 29th Apr 2010 22:09 in reply to "RE: Boot times"
ggeldenhuys Member since:
2006-11-13

I'm with you on this one. My desktop which I use at work and do all my software development on has avg uptimes of 30-60 days between reboots.

As for my laptop at home. I suspend to disk and it starts up pretty instant when I lift the lid.

Linux is rock solid and hardly ever requires a reboot - unlike other OSes. ;-)

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RE[2]: Boot times
by lemur2 on Thu 29th Apr 2010 23:12 in reply to "RE: Boot times"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Yes it boots fast, but honestly I don't see what all the fuss is about. It boots five seconds faster, so what? I'm honestly asking here since I don't get it, exactly what is the big obsession with boot times? Maybe it's just the way I use a computer, but I rarely reboot my desktop or laptop. In the case of my laptop (well, netbook) I put it into suspend, and resuming from that is quicker than any cold boot. It's not like that extra five or so seconds is going to make or break whatever you're doing.


At work the desktop Windows machine takes well over three minutes to boot. Each morning I switch it on and I make myself a cup of coffe rather than waiting for it. If I am hosting a meeting in the meeting room, and another meeting has just gone before mine, I find it vey embarassing taking five minutes of meeting time just to get a Windows computer up and running and working with the meeting room projector.

I had occasion to restore Windows 7 on a Toshiba laptop recently. After the install of the bare Windows OS, which itself required a couple of re-boots, the Toshiba restore setup went into a cycle of "Configuring System" (which was actually installing machine-specific drivers), and after each new driver was installed, the machine automatically re-booted. Then I installed Windows security Essentials, and then did a complete Windows Update, and then I installed a few applications which also required re-boot. All up the entire process must have required about twenty re-boots. It took many, many hours, and it was a thoroughly harrowing experience.

I installed Kubuntu Lucid on my own main desktop last week. It took two re-boots in total ... once to boot the liveCD, and a second re-boot to boot the newly-installed OS from the hard drive. The entire install, from go to whoa, took less than 15 minutes.

Not being made of money, to reduce the electricity consumption I turn off my Kubuntu home machine after each time I use it. After all, it takes only 15 seconds from turning it on again before it is fully ready for use on the next occasion. The only downside is that there is no time to make myself a coffee.

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RE[2]: Boot times
by google_ninja on Fri 30th Apr 2010 13:22 in reply to "RE: Boot times"
google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

. In the case of my laptop (well, netbook) I put it into suspend


I would love to do that, but the last two versions, suspend has been totally broken for my laptop. so I appreciate the really fast boot ;-)

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