Lastly are our Dell Mini 9 results -- the netbook Canonical said would be their benchmark for judging the ten-second boot process.
With Ubuntu 9.10 the boot time for Dell Mini 9 came in at 56 seconds and with Ubuntu 10.04 it was... 19 seconds. There is still nine seconds that need to be shaved off Ubuntu's boot time for this goal to be reached.
We are still several seconds off from reaching the ten-second boot-time that Canonical was hoping for with the release of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS "Lucid Lynx", but still the boot process is much faster than is found with Ubuntu 9.10 and older releases. Granted, with one of our test systems like with dual AMD quad-core Opterons and a high-end OCZ SSD we may be able to boot in ten seconds or less, but even still, most would likely agree that Ubuntu Linux is booting faster than Microsoft Windows. Next week though we will be comparing the performance of Ubuntu 10.04 to Windows 7, so stay tuned for that lengthy article with extensive tests. The official release of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS is expected tomorrow.