booting up slackware
Linux can be slow to boot. It is all a mater of what you want the system to do. A lean kernel will boot faster on a slow computer with few services, and a big kernel with lots of services will boot slow on a really fast computer.
The following is the time from Lilo O.S. selection to logon screen for some computers I use.
Catbert; IBM 340, pentium 100, 90M RAM, Slackware10, 32 seconds (very tweeked kernel)
Lulu; Supermicro P4DC6+ MB, dual 2.8ghz Xeon with HT 400mhz fsb, 1gig ECC RDRAM,
Slackware10 49 seconds with 4 CPU kernel & 47 with 1 cpu kernel
With Windows2000Pro 55 seconds
Xena Intel D850EMV2L MB, P4 2.8ghz 533 fsb, 512 non-ECC RAM,
Windows2000Pro 1 minute 3 seconds
RedHat9 1 minute
Sony SonyPCG-GRZ530 laptop, P4 2.4ghz, 512m RAM,
WindowsXP sp2, 37 seconds
Slackware10 1 minute 21 seconds
You can see the pentium100 unit that is my firewall is the fastest of them all.