Take a look at where we are going for Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid):
Still need to clean up some boot text and this particular boot is slow because it’s not running the ureadahead package…but it’s still pretty cool.
Well then try out the new stuff we will be pushing into Lucid by enabling the ubuntu-boot PPA. It’s really easy, and if your system has a hard disk (not solid state drive or SSD), then you will see tremendous improvements. The updates include a new kernel and replaces sreadahead with our own homegrown, superfast ureadahead. To install these updates, follow these simple steps:
That’s it! It will install the new kernel and replace sreadahead with ureadahead. You’ll need to reboot twice to see the benefits. The first reboot allows ureadahead to profile your boot so it can do its magic. If you have any issues or questions join the Launchpad Ubuntu-boot team and post to the mailing list.
Judging from the few reviews I’ve already read, it seems that Ubuntu 9.10 is a “good” karma release. In Hinduism, everything that we have ever thought, spoken, done or caused is Karma. Karma is produced in four ways: through thoughts, words, actions that we perform ourselves, and actions others do under our instructions. As humans, we have the opportunity to speed up our spiritual progress with practice of good Karma. Conversely, we produce negative karma because we lack knowledge and clarity. We can directly map this concept to the goodness we are seeing in the 9.10 release:
I’m extremely proud of this complete body of work we call the Karmic Koala, and humbled to be part of the community that delivered it.
So there’s a lot of talk about boot speed in the operating system arena. Windows 7 is supposedly booting much faster, we (Ubuntu) are working tirelessly to improve boot speed, and Intel has Moblin and it’s 5sec** boot. Most of this push for fast boot is by OEMs who want netbooks and laptops booting fast “like a mobile phone”. And this is the problem: Mobile phones DON’T boot. Have you ever pulled the battery from your blackberry/google phone, or hard reset your iPhone? How long did it take to boot? I’m betting it took well over a minute. Hell, my Sony Bravia takes about 8 seconds to power on..and I don’t particularly care, as long as the screen stays on and the HD picture is crisp.
So is the push for fast boot even fair? Maybe we should push for fast resume…which is what your phone does. If we do, then we (Ubuntu) are done, as resume is practically instantaneous. I’m not saying users don’t appreciate a fast boot, but once it’s under a minute…your average user won’t care (at least my friends and family don’t). They actually notice an UGLY boot more, as it conveys a message of being unstable…and so I’m glad we (Ubuntu) have made a push for cleaning up boot.
Let me be clear, I support improving boot performance, but I’m also careful not to obsess about it. Perhaps, we should focus more on creating less needs to reboot in the first place.
**EXTREMELY machine dependent.
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