Yesterday i’v installed Ubuntu (10) Linux alongside of Windows XP (SP3) on my Lenovo Thinkpad T60 (meanwhile 4 years old) Laptop. Let me stay short by observation of only a 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):

As we see Windows takes 1 minute from OS-Selection dialog till User-login dialog, whereas Ubuntu takes only 24 sec. Ok, windows checks some “security codes” on start (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 Ubuntu 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 accurate measurement so maybe i’ve lost one or two seconds somewhere, who cares for accuracy if the results differ by a magnitude

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

Now i can save more than a one and half minute of my life on every start of a system. Respect Ubuntu, keep on doing!