Moblin V2 vs. Ubuntu Netbook Remix vs. Ubuntu MID

Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 30 March 2009. Page 2 of 5. 11 Comments

Below are the Bootchart results from Moblin V2 Alpha 2 and Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.04 Beta. No Bootchart results for Ubuntu MID were included since with the 9.04 Beta there was a bug where the X Server had to be started manually upon boot.

With Ubuntu Netbook Remix, more processes had to be started than on Moblin V2, but the reported total boot time was less. With Moblin the reported boot time was 16 seconds where with Ubuntu Netbook Remix it was just 12.97 seconds. However, as we shared in our Intel Moblin V2 Alpha 2 article, the system boots much faster as it is presented to the end-user since the X Server and GDM starts almost immediately.

Xorg was started about three to four seconds in the boot process where with Ubuntu Netbook Remix it took about eight seconds. Also worth noting is that on Moblin V2 the maximum disk throughput topped out at 103MB/s where with Ubuntu Netbook Remix its peak was at 87MB/s. This may be attributed to the newer Linux kernel on Moblin or other optimizations. Also worth looking at is the CPU usage from these Bootchart results.

With some tweaking, of course, either of these distributions could have their boot time shaved by a few seconds. For those out of the mobile loop, Moblin was originally based upon Ubuntu, but with Moblin V2 it is now based off of Fedora.

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