Linux Kernel Boot Statistics: 2.6.24 To 2.6.39
Up through the Linux 2.6.2x kernel releases, the boot time was relatively flat at 21~25 seconds, but with the Linux 2.6.3x series it's risen to 29~30 seconds and with the Linux 2.6.39 development release it's risen up to 39 seconds for the Lenovo ThinkPad R52 notebook with an Intel Pentium M notebook. The Linux 2.6.39 kernel was the slowest at booting while the Linux 2.6.25 kernel did the best.
Linux 2.6.24: 23 seconds / 17 MB/s
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