[PC-BSD Testing] Ubuntu aims for ten-second boot time with 10.04

Kris Moore kris at pcbsd.org
Wed Jun 10 12:47:46 PDT 2009

Interesting idea. They are talking about dumping the splash screen completely. I wonder if we could do this also, since
we don't have a good splash anyway :P

I'll have to do some digging into this for 8.0. Its possible that we could do something similar, and bring up X almost 
immediately after the kernel loads, and really speed up the desktop boot process.

Kris Moore
PC-BSD Software

On Wed, 10 Jun 2009, Jeff wrote:

> Can we do something like this too?  I noticed Asus has a BIOS that brings up the web in 5 seconds while the system boots.
> ...Jeff
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> Ubuntu aims for ten-second boot time with 10.04
> The developers behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution aim to significantly improve boot performance. Their ambitious goal for 2010 is to
> reduce total boot time to 10 seconds.
> By Ryan Paul | June 10, 2009 - Ars Technica
> The growing adoption of the Linux operating system on netbook devices has compelled Linux distributors to focus on improving startup
> performance. Ubuntu 9.04, which was released last month, is one distribution where these improvements are particularly noticeable.
> In a presentation at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Barcelona, developer Scott James Remnant noted that boot time decreased from 65
> seconds in version 8.10 to only 25 seconds in 9.04. This is already a substantial improvement, but he believes that there is still room
> for more aggressive optimization. Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, will continue pushing the limits of boot performance during the
> upcoming development cycle for Ubuntu 9.10, which is codenamed Karmic Koala. According to Remnant, the company aims to achieve a
> ten-second boot time next year for Ubuntu 10.04, the release that will follow after Karmic.
> In a message posted to the Ubuntu developer mailing list, Remnant describes how the additional boot performance improvements will be
> achieved. An important part of their speedy startup strategy will be getting the Xorg display server up and running as soon as
> possible. This means that a big part of the focus will be cutting down the amount of time that is needed to bring up the components
> that have to be in place before Xorg can start?the udev device manager and initramfs, a temporary filesystem that is loaded into system
> memory to facilitate the startup process.
> Initramfs is mostly responsible for mounting the root filesystem and loading the requisite kernel modules. It also plays a role in the
> logic for software RAID, disk encryption, booting from a network filesystem, and a bunch of other similar tasks. Remnant wants to slim
> it down and remove some of the unnecessary "cruft" that is bogging down the startup.
> There are established time budgets for individual parts of the boot process. Those targets will have to be met in order to fulfill the
> goal of a ten second boot.. Remnant says that loading the kernel and initramfs should take two seconds, driver loading, filesystem
> mounting, and other "plumbing" should take two seconds, launching Xorg should take two seconds, and the remaining four seconds should
> be used to launch the desktop environment and other services that are part of the user's session. The computer should be fully booted
> and ready to use at the end of ten seconds, he says.
> One of the side effects of starting Xorg sooner, he says, is that the boot splash and associated progress bar will no longer be
> displayed at all. That's a pretty surprising revelation and it should give you an idea of just how substantial the performance
> improvement will be from a user's perspective.
> "In the default case, there will be no splash screen," he wrote. "I hope to demonstrate that X can be started sufficiently fast that we
> don't need one."
> The reference hardware for benchmarking is the Dell Mini 9, a netbook that is available with Ubuntu preinstalled. Although a single
> netbook has been selected as the benchmark target for the purpose of consistency, it's important to note that the ten second goal is
> for the regular desktop Ubuntu installation. Remnant expects that they can go even further with hardware-specific versions of Ubuntu
> that are customized for netbook devices.
> "10 [seconds] is a good number, especially for a generic, hardware agnostic, non-stripped down Linux distribution. From that starting
> point, development teams will be able to customise and tailor Ubuntu for specific hardware?and the OEM team will be able to produce
> custom Remixes of Ubuntu that boot even faster," he wrote. "I think it likely that we'll match Moblin's 5 [second] benchmark on similar
> hardware, with a device-tailored Moblin-based remix of Ubuntu."
> This emphasis on boot performance will make Ubuntu a more competitive option for hardware makers who are seeking a fast and lean
> distribution to preinstall on netbook devices. It will also improve the Live CD and desktop user experience. This aspect of system
> performance will continue to grow in relevance as Linux expands to other kinds of mobile and embedded devices in a multitude of
> different form factors.
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