MontaVista boasts one-second boot-up

Embedded Linux vendor sets the next benchmark in the race to fast boot times, with its latest demonstration showing a system going from cold boot to "fully operational" in one second.
Written by Victoria Ho, Contributor

The race to fast boot times is on, with MontaVista making the latest headlines.

The embedded Linux vendor announced in the United States Tuesday its latest system is able to boot in one second, and released a video demonstrating a vehicle dashboard system going from cold boot into a "fully operational" state in that time.

The one-second timing may not be directly translatable to a desktop Linux OS environment, however, because booting a full-fledged OS requires additional drivers and processes to be launched.

Meanwhile, Intel's netbook Linux OS, Moblin, too is eyeing fast boot-up times. It recently partnered Phoenix Technologies which produces a fast-boot technology called HyperSpace, promising to bring the technology to the Moblin project.

The software consists of a stripped down Linux environment with a browser and Wi-Fi software, meant to go from boot-up to the Web quickly.

According to reports, Moblin integrating HyperSpace should be able to go from powered off to the Web in less than 10 seconds.

Competitor, Canonical has also said its latest release Ubuntu 9.04 is focused on booting faster.

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