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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RE[2]: Boot times
by lemur2 on Thu 29th Apr 2010 23:12 UTC 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[3]: Boot times
by phoenix on Fri 30th Apr 2010 04:22 in reply to "RE[2]: Boot times"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Exactly, shorter boot times are only important on OSes that have to reboot a lot. ;) Bragging about getting a Linux boot to under 10 seconds, which might save you 5 minutes in a year, is like bragging you got the top speed of an F1 car 10% higher, which might shave 5 minutes off your race time all season. ;)

Now, getting a Windows system to boot in 10 seconds would be something worth bragging about. That would save you 15-20 minutes a week. ;)

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