Natty Narwhal boot times - What has changed?
In my Natty review, I did mention that boot times seem to have changed considerably compared to previous versions of the distro. In other words, they got longer, which is kind of surprising as the desktop is quite fast and snappy. I had no numbers to quantify my feeling then, but now I do. Using Bootchart, I profiled the boot times on Natty. So let's see what happens. Moreover, we'll check if there's anything we can do to make things better.
Before we take a look at Natty, let's see what we had in the past. With Lucid, testing on three machines, T42, T60 and RD510, I managed 27, 15, and 26 seconds, respectively. On my HP machine with a 7,200rpm disk, the boot time is about 17 seconds. On a laptop with SSD and running Maverick, the boot time ranged between eight and nine seconds, which is quite reasonable overall. All right, let's see what happens with Natty.