Ubuntu 11.04 Boot Performance Compared To Past Releases

Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 27 April 2011. Page 3 of 6. 13 Comments

For the Lenovo ThinkPad T60 with its Core Duo T2400 processor, the fastest boot speed under Ubuntu was found with the 9.04 "Jaunty Jackalope" release with a time of 18 seconds. Ubuntu 9.10 was also the slowest booting release -- similar to the R52 -- with a reported boot time of 63 seconds. With Ubuntu 11.04, the result is not an improvement but a slight slowdown over Ubuntu 10.10. There is though a nice pop in the maximum disk throughput during the Plymouth-enabled boot process with 11.04 Natty Narwhal. The slower Ubuntu 11.04 time may be partially attributed to the start-up of the Unity desktop.

8.04: 26 seconds / 29 MB/s
8.10: 25 seconds / 19 MB/s
9.04: 18 seconds / 36 MB/s
9.10: 63 seconds / 23 MB/s
10.04: 22 seconds / 34 MB/s
10.10: 25 seconds / 34 MB/s
11.04: 27 seconds / 50 MB/s


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