Today I had to set up a new Lenovo IBM ThinkPad T400. I replaced the hard drive by a Super Talent Ultradrive GX2 128GB and extented the memory to four gibibytes. The installation of Ubuntu 10.04 (lucid) took four minutes (time after answering questions and before rebooting to installed system). The notebook is fast with the SSD. After pressing the power button, the system needs nearly 20 seconds to reach GRUB. 7.35 seconds later the GNOME desktop is ready for usage.
Does your system boots faster?
Plymouth is nice, but it’s gone before it appears. The system boots too fast for plymouth. But why do I have to stare at plymouth quite a few seconds on shutdown? Shutdown shouldn’t take longer than boot.