Don't cheat on boot time.
Posted Nov 26, 2009 10:46 UTC (Thu) by dwmw2
In reply to: Don't cheat on boot time.
Parent article: The Grumpy Editor's Moblin review
If I'm boasting about how quickly my PHP application can be up and running again after a power cut, of course I'll include the boot time of the server I choose to run it on, the SQL server it depends on, etc.
To exclude those and publish just an irrelevant microbenchmark of the part I want you to think about would be massively disingenuous.
If boot time matters a lot, that will definitely affect the choice of operating system I run it on. It could also affect my choice of chipset/CPU — if I really care about how quickly the whole thing starts up, I'm more likely to use hardware from a company which supports open source projects like coreboot, rather than one which refuses to support open source and leaves me stuck with a slow, closed-source BIOS implementation that I can't fix for myself.
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