Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) boots fast

A few  days ago, I installed Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) on my Super Talent Ultradrive GX 64GB (firmware version 1916 with TRIM support) and rebooted it thirty times to get some data from bootchart. Here are the results: The fastest boot took only 3.65 seconds. Impressed?

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The default installation averages out at 4.5 seconds. The highest disk throughput was 204 MiB/s (thanks to ureadahead).

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After everything was installed, the boot takes six seconds (probably due to liferea).

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A SSD leads to a fast booting system, but then the processor has an impact on boot times too. Compare these boot charts with the one of the IBM ThinkPad T400. The SSDs are similar, but the processors differ: Core 2 Duo E8500 @3.16GHz versus Core 2 Duo T9400 @2.53GHz.

Do your system boots faster?

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20 thoughts on “Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) boots fast

  1. I’m looking at like 10.5 seconds on my X-25M with TRIM firmware.. it gets all data in a split second, and spends the rest of the time initializing hardware and software..

    Are you using any proprietary drivers or firmware?

      • foo: If you’re going to be anal retentive at the moment, you may as well also point out that the BIOS, disk controller, CPU & RAM design, are also proprietary; likely patented as well.

        But at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what’s in the firmware of the SSD. If it’s hardware, and it simply makes the bits and bytes go in and out of the bus quicker, who really cares whether it even has firmware at all? Hardware like that has always been a black box.

  2. I still get around 30-35 seconds with my ancient Dell Inspiron 1200. But even that’s pretty good for this machine.

  3. That’s pretty impressive! My i7 w/ Samsung 7200rpm boots about 6-10 seconds

    It would seem that Ubuntu Lucid Lynx already fits ALL the criteria that Google Chromium ever hopes to be.

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  5. Quite interesting and with well-earned bragging rights. We should keep in mind, however, that the practical advantages of going from, say, 10 s to 3 s are very small—in particular with reboots becoming rarer in the competition with various hibernation modes.

    As for my own computer: With an uptime of currently 78 days, I do not care overly how fast or slow it boots. (The last reboot was due to a power failure, so I suspect that there are Linux machines out there that have run for far longer.)

    • @michaeleriksson To second you: I have installed an UPS for my desktop because of the RAID. The power failures did happen quite a few times per month and the RAID would fall apart. Since the UPS installed a shutdown is really only necessary when adding hardware.

      @overbenny
      Would you recommend the Super Talent Ultradrive GX 64GB for using as a system drive for a budget Ubuntu system? In other words, would you by this drive again now or are there better alternatives?

    • ah, and another point I wanted to make: with 7 HDDs (green version) the system consumes just below 70Wt. So it is no reason to shut it down either, especially in winter :-) The most energy is consumed by the monitor anyways.

  6. I would buy the same or a similar SSD again and use it as system drive. I recommend SSDs with Indilinx, Intel, or SandForce controller. Here is my list of recommended SSDs (sorted alphabetical):

    • G.Skill Falcon I / II (Indilinx)
    • Intel X25 (Intel)
    • Kingston SSDNow (Intel)
    • OCZ Vertex (Indilinx)
    • OCZ Vertex 2 (SandForce)
    • Patriot Torqx (Indilinx)
    • Super Talent Ultradrive GX / GX2 (Indilinx)
    • So just to report back to the round, Super Talent Ultradrive GX2 works as expected. Most of the booting time goes for BIOS after the installation. I have the Ubuntu 9.10 still.
      And BTW here is how to move existing installation onto an SSD http://egork.livejournal.com/31727.html

      There are still things I would like to check: how fast does MLC SSD deteriorate and what effect has trimming on the velocity. If you have any experience regarding the above SSD, please post.

    • No, a RAM drive is much faster than a SSD. You can’t boot from a RAM drive, because you have to load the data from a hard drive into the RAM drive at some point.

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  8. Ubuntu 10.04 driver poulsbo GMA500 for acer aspire one 751h et alias???????????????????????????????????????

  9. Nope. My system runs slow. I plan to replace it. Currently, I am still looking for a fit for me.

  10. im getting a 15 second boot after 40 seconds of bios :(
    and the first 4 seconds of my boot is just waiting, or unrecorded by bootchart!

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