Ubuntu 11.04 Boot Performance Compared To Past Releases

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

Lastly, for the ASUS Eee PC 1201N with its Atom 330 CPU and a SATA HDD, there is a one-second regression in Ubuntu 11.04's boot time reported by Bootchart. The best time was found in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.

10.04: 22 seconds / 80 MB/s
10.10: 26 seconds / 59 MB/s
11.04: 27 seconds / 56 MB/s

Since the release of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, which focused upon a ten-second-boot goal, Canonical seems to have lost focus on minimizing the boot time of Ubuntu Linux. On five out of five systems, Ubuntu 11.04 booted slower than Ubuntu 10.10 whether it be by a one second loss on the ASUS Eee PC 1201N or a 17 second loss on the Lenovo ThinkPad T61. At least though the desktop performance has not been sacrificed along the way.

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