Friday, January 23, 2009

FOSDEM, reducing boot time

Like a lot of GNOME and Mandriva people, I'm going to FOSDEM, the Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting. Mandriva community will have its booth, so I hope to meet a lot of people there.

La Branbançonne

Boot time
I've also resumed my work on reducing boot time for next Mandriva Linux release, including some of the ideas I experimented when working on Mandriva Mini. So far, first results are promissing : on a 2 year old laptop (Centrino Duo) with average hard drive, using Mandriva cooker, gdm greeter is available in 26s. After integrating my first changes, I was able to get gdm greeter in 15s. Not bad for a first shot, and I'm hoping to improve it further. And of course, the idea is to automagically enable this "fast boot" mode when relevant without any user intervention.