This past February we had looked at Ubuntu's Boot Performance going back all the way to Ubuntu 6.06 LTS "Dapper Drake" and with that, we had found Ubuntu 7.10 by far had possessed the fastest boot time. In our test environment, Ubuntu 7.10 was eight seconds faster than Ubuntu 7.04 during the boot process. From these benchmarks today with the Lenovo ThinkPad T60, Ubuntu 7.10 still reigns supreme for the boot performance with Hardy Heron running three seconds slower.
Once in the desktop, Ubuntu 7.10 and Ubuntu 8.04 had performed neck-and-neck with neither release showing a definitive advantage. While Ubuntu 8.04 may not be faster than its predecessor, it does boast a number of new features from a KDE 4.0 spin to integrating virtualization improvements. For those always giving office presentations or switching monitors, one subtle but useful addition is a RandR GUI. This is also the first Long Term Support release in two years.
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