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Boot faster than the F10 Features/30SecondStartup. Make Fedora boot and shut down faster. The goal is to be at the login screen in 20 seconds and be as fast as possible after the login (gnome-session).


Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 11
  • Last updated: (Apr 14 2009)
  • Percentage of completion: 100% ( 10/10 filed bugs resolved, rest moved to F12)

Detailed Description

Identify bloated tasks in the boot process and make them faster and use less disk I/O.

See: Fedora 10 top 5 disk usage tasks

See, if sreadahead can be used (needs kernel patch), and if Upstart can start core services in parallel.

Benefit to Fedora

A faster boot makes for happy users.


Possibly involves all packages that are involved in the boot sequence, udev, module-init-tools, kernel, nash, upstart, readahead, setroubleshoot, gdm.

Test Plan

  • install bootchart
  • modify /sbin/bootchartd to exit on "firefox" not "gdm kdm" etc. and sleep 10-20 seconds after that
  • reboot, login, start firefox, close firefox
  • measure time until closing of firefox

See detailed instructions and test results at QA/Test Days/2009-02-19.

User Experience

Turn on computer, wait 20 seconds, select user on login screen.


  • kernel for sreadahead or another mechanism to gather information about what files are used during the boot process

Blocker Bugs

Contingency Plan

This is an incremental feature. If we don't quite get down to 20 seconds, too bad, we can just take whatever improvements we have.


Fedora 10 top 5 disk usage tasks
Fedora 10 - Boot Analysis
Summary of the Fedora 11 - 20 Seconds Boot Feature - Test Day

Resolved Bugs

Bugs for F12

Release Notes

To reduce boot time, the setroubleshoot daemon and several small bottlenecks were removed. Regressions in using the readahead service were removed by setting low I/O priorities. Readahead now profiles the system every time the rpm database changes. The behavior of readahead can be tweaked by editing /etc/sysconfig/readahead.

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