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Old 09-15-2003, 05:42 AM   #1
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speeding up the booting process

i am planning to install linux but ive had past experiences that the booting process takes forever. what is the "fastest" distro and how do i edit the startup programs from loading ala msconfig in xp and win98se? suggestions would be most appreciated. i use the box for games only so that people have an idea what modules to disable at bootup. thank you.
Old 09-15-2003, 06:35 AM   #2
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you just have to dig thru all the boot files and take stuff
out. disable all the services. you can with
ksysv, i guess. and comment out stuff like delays and
network stuff you don't need from. the /etc/rc* files.
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nice article on speeding up the boot
Old 09-20-2003, 07:08 PM   #4
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Vector 3.2 is a "fast" distribution - as for speeding up the boot process, one way is to move symlinks to services that you dont need from the relevant run-level directory - the relevant directory for run-level 5 (in some distros ) is /etc/rc.d/rc5.d - so for example - to stop the "random number generator" from starting on boot up

mkdir /etc/removed_services

mv /etc/rc.d/rc5.d/S20random /etc/removed_services

the symlink to the actuall service has now been moved out of the /etc/rc.d/rc5.d directory, hence the service wont start on next boot up - you can follow the same principle for many services - but be careful and read up on what the services actually do.
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Just To Add To Nimony's Post Above .....

This Recent Slashdot article discusses this ......
Booting Linux Faster

I would rather boot once (Linux) than reboot daily (Windows) - therefore is boot time such an issue?

However it links to the same article from IBM that Nimony posted above , however you may find some of the comments helpfull?

Kinda weird the way hardware in the last few years has moved away from parallel devices, prefering serial devices;
PATA -> SATA (Parallel IDE ->Serial IDE)
Parallel -> USB

Software however has done the reverse (read the linked article above) - for example in this stated instance services are started up in parallel and not one by one - Linux moves from a "Serial" to "Parallel" version (a mild - Multitasking extension)

All good fun, but interesting!

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