More Ubuntu Kung Fu

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Say hey again to Keir Thomas, author of the new book Ubuntu Kung Fu, who stopped by to share some more of the best material from the book, in a follow-up to his post, Some Productive Ubuntu Kung Fu.

Optimize Startup for Faster Boot Times

Few operating systems seem to boot quickly enough, and unfortunately Ubuntu is amongst them. However, you can do four things to reduce delays and generally speed up startup:

1. Reduce or eliminate the boot menu countdown.
2. Make boot runtime scripts start in parallel.
3. Build a read-ahead profile personalized to your PC.
4. Reduce the number of GNOME startup programs.

Some of these edits tweak essential system files, so check what you type against what you read here. Then check again before finally saving any files.

1. Reducing the Boot Menu Delay

If you dual-boot Ubuntu and Windows on your computer, the boot menu appears for ten seconds, during which you can select either Windows or Ubuntu. If you have only Ubuntu installed, a prompt appears for three seconds telling you that you can hit a key to see the boot menu.

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