Ubuntu vs. Windows XP on my Thinkpad

Yesterday i  installed Ubuntu (10) linux alongside of Windows XP (SP3) on my Lenovo Thinkpad T60 - meanwhile 4 years  Laptop. To be short  i observe only start-time of both system on the same machine in this post.

Here some hardware details:

  • Intel Core Duo (T2400 -1,83 Mghz)
  • 1 Gb RAM
  • 60 GB 5400rpm  hard drive

An here are start times on two Systems (in seconds):

Windows vs. Ubuntu startup times

As we see Windows takes 1 minute from OS-Selection dialog till User-login dialog, whereas Ubunto takes  only 24 sec. Ok, windows checks  "security chip" (what it exactly means and why it so good for me i don't know)  and that takes considerable time and i'm unsure whether Ubunto do something like this, but however i can't change it.

On a graph we see also, that for the rest of "loading work" from login till first page appears in firefox browser windows takes more time again. It takes 95 seconds whereas Ubuntu need only 19!  I was clicking on browser Icon as soon it appeared and was "clickable" and waited till pre-selected starting page (google) appears.

Of cause this is not very strict measurement so maybe i've lost one or two seconds somewhere, who cares if

  • Ubunto takes 24+19 =43 sec
  • Windows takes 60+95 = 155 sec

till i can use my typical day by day application. So now i can save more than a one and half minute of my life on every start of a system.

Respect Ubuntu, keep on going!