Chromebook Vs Peppermint on an SSD boot times

How fast exactly does a chromebook boot ?

I’ve found the video below that say 8 seconds … but is it me, or was that more like a resume from suspend as he never hits a power button ?
(and the 8 seconds appears to be to the login screen)

reason I ask…

I just put a 250GB Samsung 840 EVO solid state drive in a customers Dell n5110 (quad core i7-2670QM, 6GB RAM, SATA3 [6Gb]),then bunged Peppermint 5 on it … boot time from GRUB menu to fully loaded desktop (auto-login) including active wireless … 7 seconds
(11 seconds from power button to desktop)

OK, that’s somewhat higher spec than a chromebook, but still…

If I get the chance, I’ll video the Dell … for now you’ll just have to take my word.

Chromebook boot in 8 seconds - Samsung Serie 5
(youtube title)


You may want to look at this video of a Chromebook which boots up in a mere 5 seconds or so after pressing the “Power” button

5 seconds to the LOGIN screen.

About the same (this actually takes 6 secs from GRUB to the login screen) as this laptop then … but this is without hardware optimisation, and I may be able to shave a bit off that by ditching unused services, etc.

OK, this laptop sits at the POST screen for a while … but if there was a way to disable that…

I’d also like to know more about “core boot” … is it still 5 secs if you remove/replace the battery ? … or is “core boot” where the battery actually keeps the “core” of the OS booted (so really it’s more akin to suspend) ? … is it a “true” COLD boot ?

Theoretically you’d think Chromebooks/ChromeOS should be faster than Peppermint/Generic PC … not loading a full desktop environment, and being optimised for the hardware … but my question is - is it really ?

It’d be interesting (if only it was mine) to put 14.04 server and Xserver on this thing, and have it only fire up goole-chrome … (ignoring POST) I’m betting this would be faster than that Chromebook :wink:

BTW, this is not a “look how quick Peppermint is” posting (there are faster booting distros than Peppermint) … more a question of “is the Chromebook/ChromeOS combination really as fast/light as they say”.

I think you are misunderstanding what coreboot is (does)
From Wikipedia:
[i]Coreboot stages

  1. Bootblock stage: prepare to obtain Flash access and look up the ROM stage to use
  2. ROM stage: memory and early chipset init (a bit like PEI in EFI)
  3. RAM stage: device enumeration and resource assignment, ACPI table creation, SMM handler (a bit like DXE stage in EFI)
  4. Payload. (This is the OS, Linux or otherwise)[/i]

Also the Chromebook might be fast but not high end (unlike the laptop you are comparing it to), heck that SSD probably cost more than the whole Chromebook.

I wasn’t so much misunderstanding coreboot, as not understanding AT ALL :slight_smile:
(actually your wikipedia link bought it flooding back … LinuxBIOS … been a while since I read anything about that, nice to know it lives :slight_smile: )

At £97 I’d kind of expect it to cost HALF as much as a 16GB chromebook … it’s roughly 16 times the capacity.

I know I’m talking apples and oranges here, I was just amazed to see a FULL/PROPER Linux boot quicker than a Chromebook … so stop pissing on my parade, you cad you :wink:

How fast does Arch boot?