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    How long does your ubuntu box take to boot?

    Hi all

    It'd make interesting reading to see what different people are getting in terms of boot time, as it relates to system specs, optimisations etc.

    For me it takes 65 sec from turning the computer on, to seeing the gdm login. This is with a 10 sec delay in grub, so it can be 55sec. My gnome desktop loads in about 3 sec after that.

    I'm running Hoary on a P4 2.6GHz box with 1Gb RAM and a Western Digital 160Gb drive 7200 rpm.

    I've stripped out all sorts of unwanted services (especially checkfs.sh which took 30+ sec to check my disks every boot) and enabled prelinking. I also edited /etc/init.d/rc to include an & after $i start , so as to start later services in parallel.

    The last few lines...

    Code:
    	startup $i start &
    				;;
    		esac
    	done
      fi
    # eof /etc/init.d/rc
    I'm running splashy, which might add a couple of seconds to boot time but is worth it for looks!.

    Ubuntu certainly doesn't have the fastest boot time of any linux I've used, but I've also seen a lot slower. On the flip side, once it's up and running it seems pretty snappy to me!

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    Re: How long does your ubuntu box take to boot?

    About 2 minutes! I'm running an 2200+ AMD Athlon xp with 256mb 266mhz DDR ram and 80GB 7200rpm seagate HDD.
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    Re: How long does your ubuntu box take to boot?

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    Re: How long does your ubuntu box take to boot?

    to boot? too long!

    hopefully will be improved

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    Re: How long does your ubuntu box take to boot?

    lol.. i almost forgot what "boot" means.. ubuntu is so stable that i almost never reboot... (last one was due to a power failure ) take a look:



    Maybe next month i can count the boot time...

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    Re: How long does your ubuntu box take to boot?

    Quote Originally Posted by sapo
    lol.. i almost forgot what "boot" means.. ubuntu is so stable that i almost never reboot... (last one was due to a power failure ) take a look:



    Maybe next month i can count the boot time...
    You have one helluva cluttered desktop!

    Next time I reboot, I'll count how long it takes. I have an AMD Athlon 2800+ with 512mb ram and a GeForce3 Ti500. I must say it boots up pretty damn quickly, even with all my gdesklets starting up.

    Heres my desktop, had to give a link because its pretty big

    http://img196.echo.cx/img196/6973/screenshot6tk.jpg

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    Re: How long does your ubuntu box take to boot?

    At what point do you start timing, from the second you hit the on/off switch, or after the system posts and you see the first line from the boot process?

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    Re: How long does your ubuntu box take to boot?

    my amd 2800+ takes about 25 secs from the second i press enter for ubuntu...
    my laptop takes closer to a minute with wireless networking configs and such...
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    Re: How long does your ubuntu box take to boot?

    At what point do you start timing, from the second you hit the on/off switch, or after the system posts and you see the first line from the boot process?
    OK here's the breakdown...

    *Turn on power: 0 sec

    *Grub menu appears: 17 sec

    *Splashy gfx start: 35 sec (25 if I hit enter immediately at grub)

    *Gdm appears: 65 sec (55 sec ")

    So actually boot time from selecting OS and pressing enter at grub is between 38-48 sec. Not too bad, but we'd all love it to be quicker I'm sure. Anyone ever used BeOS? Booted to desktop in about 5 sec, on a P133!

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    Re: How long does your ubuntu box take to boot?

    On my system, about 30 seconds from GRUB loading the kernel to GDM's login screen. This is on an Athlon64 with a mixed IDE-SATA 5-disk RAID5, so your mileage may really vary!

    As far as comparing it to other distros, Ubuntu's bootup speed is above average, if not exceptional. It's about in line with what I get with CentOS4 now and FC4 (but FC4 loads many more services than Ubuntu or CentOS4).

    As someone else mentioned, I rarely reboot also. So I really don't care about the bootup speed if the OS can stay up.
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