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Fedora boot process charted


Owen Taylor threw down the gauntlet :
Currently, the time to boot the Linux desktop from the point where the power switch is turned on, to the point where the user can start doing work is roughly two minutes.

Ideally, system boot would involve a 3-4 second sequential read of around 100 megabytes of data from the hard disk, CPU utilization would be parallelized with that, and all queries on external systems would be asynchronous ... startup continues and once the external system responds, the system state is updated. Plausibly the user could start work under 10 seconds on this ideal system.

The challenge is to create a single poster showing graphically what is going on during the boot, what is the utilization of resources, how the current boot differs from the ideal world of 100% disk and CPU utilization, and thus, where are the opportunities for optimization.

Two days later Ziga Mahkovec posted some cool-looking results.

Redhat-artwork 0.88


I upgraded my redhat-artwork-0.73 package to the redhat-artwork-0.88 version, found in Fedora Core 1. I was curious to see which enhancements they applied to the beautifull Redhat login screen, but boy, what a dissapointment ! The Fedora login screen is butt-ugly. Just a plain boring darkblue background, what a difference with the soft blueish tints of the Redhat GDM theme. I guess there won't be an upgrade to redhat-artwork-0.88 of my GDM Bluecurve package...

Redhat merges with Fedora, switches name ?


Red Hat has announced a merger of its Red Hat Linux Project with Fedora Linux, a group that has specialized in providing high-quality RPM packages for Red Hat. According to Red Hat, 'The Fedora Project is a Red-Hat-sponsored and community-supported open source project'.

Sounds a lot like the Debian or Gentoo community model, but I'm confused about Redhats future. Will they rename the consumer version 'Fedora' now, and try to bind the Redhat brand name to their RedHat Advanced/Enterprise Server line ?



Red Hat released Taroon, a public beta of Enterprise Linux 3.0; it supports i386, IA-64, x86-64, and PowerPC. It includes Eclipse, but you'll have to download your own JVM.


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