Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Boots In 3.6 Seconds [Using SSD]

We all know about the obsession with booting speed that Ubuntu has. Since the last two Ubuntu releases, the Ubuntu developers have been consciously pushing for lower boot time.

The upcoming release of Ubuntu, i.e Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, is already showing signs that it boots fast – very very fast if you are using SSD. The Ubuntu developers will probably not be able to achieve the 10-second boot that they were aiming for in Ubuntu 10.04, but an Ubuntu Developer, Benjamin Drung, has managed to boot Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx in 3.6 seconds using SSD. On a normal spindle-based hard disk, such booting times, of course, cannot be achieved due to the mechanical parts that are involved.

Using an Super Talent Ultradrive GX 64 GB, Benjamin rebooted Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx 30 times. The fastest booting time he achieved was a blistering 3.65 seconds. The overall average boot time however came out to be 4.5 seconds, which is not bad at all.

After everything is installed, the same setup understandably took a little more time to boot at 6 seconds.

All in all, Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, which is to be releaed less than a month from now, is shaping up to be a release to watch out for.

[You can view the full boot chart at Benjamin Drung’s blog]

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  • I don´t think this important. Ubuntu need a new User Interface, it´s not enough to change thee background.

    • I disagree. The Ubuntu interface is very user-friendly, and every release seems to become a little more intuitive in terms of the way icons are labeled and menus are structured. Additionally, you can't really say that there is only one GUI for Ubuntu when there are various editions of Ubuntu which cater to different needs … Netbook edition for netbooks, Kubuntu if you like KDE, Xubuntu for schools, Server for servers, Studio for multimedia developers, etc.

      Even if you go with vanilla Ubuntu, you can customize the theme and widgets until it barely resembles Ubuntu anymore.

      There is a lot more than bg changes in every new release. This article focuses on speed, but the UI enhancements are definitely happening, and these are driven by the community of users. If you're not satisfied with it, complaining here is hardly the forum to elicit change.

    • What do you mean by "User interface"? Themes? Wallpapers? It takes aprox. 4 minutes to get to Gnome-look.org and download a theme and wallpaper of your choice.

      One of the major advantages of Linux over other Operating Systems is that everyone can customize it to suit his needs. There's only that much the Ubuntu developers can do. No matter what theme they use, chances are half of the Ubuntu community won't like it and still change it right away.


  • Indian Art

    Wow, super, super fast!

  • I'd love it if they would put out a performance checklist, replete with suggested computer hardware. I run a SSD and a pretty juicy computer, but my boot time doesn't touch this.

  • Very, VERY impressive. Put an SSD in a Windows machine and it becomes slighty less frustrating. Put an SSD in an Ubuntu machine and you get blown away!

  • Wow it is incredible. So on i'll try it now. I'll downloading.

  • I have a solid state hard drive and running 10.04 – no where near 10 seconds even…

    Should I not have used ext4?

    • I don't think it has anything to do with the filesystem. It depends more on the hardware and some tweaks.

  • I love using Ubuntu! I really like to use it when I can't access the harddrive of a Windows PC. I will bust out the Live CD and perform tech jujitsu. lol