Ubuntu boot times - CD vs USB flash drive

Saturday, November 1, 2008

New with Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex" is the ability to create a bootable USB flash drive with a persistent filesystem.

I compared the time to start from when I pressed enter for "Try Ubuntu" until the desktop had loaded with the panel, icons, and wallpaper. Here's what I found:

USB flash drive: 1:44
CD: 2:40

That's a pretty significant improvement in speed! Also, since there's no CD to spin up, anything requiring data off the drive occurs with much less lag. Of course, your results may vary. Transfer speeds on flash drives do vary. I found that my Cruzer Micro 2GB was much faster than a PNY Attache 1GB.

This is so great, one of my flash drives will probably be dedicated to it. :-)

Posted by Craig Younkins at 10:08 PM 1 comments