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Ubuntu update is 'Edgy' on boot speed

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Canonical on Thursday plans to release the new "Edgy Eft" version of its Ubuntu Linux, which includes a faster boot-up process.

The boot process, called Upstart, is among several dozen new features in the Linux version. Canonical releases Ubuntu updates every six months; the previous 6.06 "Dapper Drake" arrived in June, a few weeks late.

Canonical, based in South Africa, hopes to turn a profit by 2008 by selling support for Ubuntu.

Upstart replaces the decades-old "init" software originally created for System V Unix and provides "substantially faster" start-up times, Canonical said. Essentially, Upstart provides a new mechanism for launching all the services that constitute a running Linux system. With Upstart, and unlike init, specific system events can control which services run, and the initiation of a service can trigger other events.

"You want to say, 'Right, once the network is up, then bring up Apache.' Or, 'If you've got this (service), you've got access to this hardware, so fire up that kind of infrastructure,'" Chief Executive Mark Shuttleworth said.

Edgy Eft arrived two days after one of its main competitors, Red Hat's Fedora Core 6, which also is free and which was downloaded more that 10,000 times in its first five hours.

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