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I am running linux on a laptop...which is not always connected to a network...but when it's not...it takes forever to boot because that "bringing up /eth0" freezes for minutes...can I shorten the wait time?
The only time that I found the 'bringing up eth0' bit appearing to freeze was when I had my machine setup as a DHCP server when there was already a DHCP server on the network. Try disabling dhcpd on startup.