The great boot race - Vista/Win7/Ubuntu (9.04/9.10)

Video of the 4 OS’es mentioned in the title alongside eachother (on identical hardware) to see how long it takes them to get to the point where Firefox is up and running:

Shame openSUSE wasn’t tested, but oh well… it’s all Linux in the end :wink:

Nice find, thanks for posting.

Being from tuxradar, I suspect there is a slight bias. :slight_smile: Still very telling, though.

Remember that Windows comes with many unneeded services enabled by default, whereas in Linux it’s the user’s choice to start these. They mention the same hardware configuration, but I wonder if they are truly “identical.”

It really matters little to me anyway, as I have a bios password and then a user login to navigate. I’m not sure many of use actually have our Box or Laptop so it will just boot to the Desktop:\

I’m surprised at Ubuntu’s boot speed: quite slow, in my opinion. (Not surprised at Windows boot speeds, Windows is just as bloated as ever!) Ubuntu 9.10, the ‘fastest’, took 40 seconds just to boot and start Firefox? Wow. Fedora 11, on my system, boots in less than 20 seconds. And I can begin working almost immediately as the desktop has loaded, hardly any lags at all.
By the way, how fast does openSUSE 11.2 RC2 boot?

I can confirm F11. It’s really quick.
SUSE 11.2 compares to F11 in boot time - at least for me it does.

F11 with gnome or KDE? As i am still using M7, the boot time is not bad till login screen. Waiting for the final release of 11.2.
Any news about F12, when its going to release, just heard some where, its in November like openSUSE11.2.
Even i didn’t tested fedora11, would like to give a try to F12 beside openSUSE to see how both distro works. For sure openSUSE would be there as a primary one.

F11. (gnome because it defaults to it) But use KDE4.3.2

F12. Out 17th Nov

I don’t know how outdated some reviews are on how slow openSUSE is in booting (probably they’re for versions 10.2/10.3) SUSE 11.1 and 11.2 seem to have improved greatly. To Ubuntu: :bad:. I wonder why they tested Ubuntu with its slower boot speed as compared to other distros.
Hmmm… Must be a shock for Windows users to see a distro booting up in less than 20 seconds. :). A 40-second boot is not that impressive.

F11, to get to the login screen, takes approx. 20 seconds. But I’ve noticed that logging into the GNOME desktop is slightly faster than logging into KDE. But getting to the login screen always takes around 20 seconds, no more.

MontaVista boasts 1-second Linux boot - The Register

If this is the case, then i think M7 till login screen also boots fast. Not tested from M8 to RC2, but i can say that would boot faster a bit than M7.
And yeh i am on KDE. I have ubuntu 9.04(gnome) on my office PC, and that is just i can say normal. When i installed it, the boot was faster but later it just fall to normal boot(Ubuntu 9.04). Maybe a few seconds difference, not much to blame for slow boot. Just ok.
One of my fiend installed Windows 7, and the boot time is crawling, even in shutting down too. Its just like another version of Vista. M$ knows, how to fool their users. Just by removing and adding some new graphic features, and that’s it no functional work there. Even the toolbar looks like KDE3.5.10 toolbar.
I hope, 11.2 KDE would rock, and the boot speed will boost the distro.

thanks for that! i just shared it on facebook…all should do the same…

Have a lot of fun…

Windows 7… Never used it, but lots of people say it’s really fast. Some even claimed they got it to run smoothly on computers with a P4 processor and 512MB RAM… I don’t know if they are exaggerating or not. Maybe the ones who say such things are just Windows developers pretending to be normal Windows users. :slight_smile:
And yes, the Win7 toolbar seems very similar to the KDE 3.5 one. Here’s a link to an article all about it: Windows 7, the KDE 3.5 Wannabe? | Internetling

There’s a big difference between a fresh Windows installation and a well-used one. My Vista takes four and a half minutes to boot (from choosing “Vista” in GRUB to being useful, which is way beyond the login screen not only for Windows but Linux too). OpenSUSE 11.1 on the same machine takes around one and a half minutes.

OpenSUSE 11.1 on the same machine takes around one and a half minutes.
Is this a Dinosaur?lol!

Dinosaur??? It may not be cutting edge but: Intel Dualcore 6400, 3Gig RAM, NVIDIA 8600GTS graphics, SATA II hard drives. But as I said, I’m measuring from GRUB choice to a usable desktop, not just the login screen, and I include the time it takes me to enter username and password. And of course the restoration of whatever was open in previous session (typically Firefox, OpenOffice, Dolphin).

Win7 x86_64 - 43 seconds from power up (this includes SAS scanning and initialization that takes about 10 seconds on my machine) to “all initialized” desktop (8-way Xeon + 12GB + 15k SAS spinners in Raid5)

Installed it on an X2 AMD for a friend and it takes less than a minute to fully initialized state on those as well, most likely would be considerably faster on your “average” machine since they don’t have curious hardware setups like mine does.

11.2RC2 is more or less the same in loading speed to fully useable no-services loading in background 4.3.1 desktop.

I tend not to leave anything open when I close down; with 11.1 + KDE4.2.4 running on a bottom of the market system (1G RAM 2GHz processor), I get to usability in 70 secs.

11.2 takes 90 secs on a system with 768M RAM.

That’s the same for me on my laptop, Win7 (x86_64 - Professional) and openSUSE 11.2RC2(x86_64) have near enough the same startup time.
(Slow 5400 RPM drive though, and it takes more time to get to grub then it takes to get from Grub to a working OS)

Do wonder how well windows 7 will fare when subjected to the test of time though. My Vista slowed down to a crawl after ~1 year even though I hardly ever install anything and keep things ‘nice and tidy’ wherever possible.
openSUSE never seems to last long with an install as I pretty much upgrade for every new beta version :). I do however keep the same home folder and the ‘age slowdown’ is very minimal.