Karmic has made good progress on the road to the much-vaunted “10 second boot” aim in mind for 10.04.

~ubuntu-bootBut you can get it even faster if you’re prepared to take the risk!

Reader ‘Ellipsis’ pointed me in the direction the official Ubuntu-Boot PPA, which contains: –

Packages containing instrumentation to aid in boot performance work, and packages proposed to improve performance.

Do be aware that installing these packages isn’t advised unless you’re okay with dealing with any potential “issues” afterwards. Whilst issues aren’t likely, just don’t install blindly.


Open a terminal and type: –

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-boot/ppa

Or add it to your software sources using: –

  • ppa:ubuntu-boot/ppa

Now run

  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

and you’ll be prompted to install the necessary updates to your system.


It will take around 2 reboots before you see any real improvement. This is because the updated packages need to create a “pack file” to read from when booting.

Faster? Better? Stronger? Er…?

Ellipsis – who recommended this tip to me – found his boot time improve from 1.04 minutes to 45 seconds. That’s a respectable near 20 seconds shaved off!

I’ve not noticed my boot-times take as long as 1.04 minutes, but I’ll be trying this out and seeing anyway.

If you install it let us know your boot times via the comments and I’ll be sure to update the chart to show even more gains!

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