Is Ubuntu Jaunty quick enough to beat Windows 7?
When Mark Shuttleworth first announced plans for Ubuntu 9.04 his primary objective was to make the operating system boot faster. With a battle with Microsoft’s Windows 7 looming, the speed of startup - and shutdown - of a laptop PC has become a critical battleground. But while Ubuntu developers have been working feverishly to speed up boot times, so too has the Windows 7 team over at Redmond.
Announcing Jaunty, Shuttleworth said: “There are some specific goals that we need to meet in Jaunty,” Shuttleworth said. “One of them is boot time. We want Ubuntu to boot as fast as possible - both in the standard case, and especially when it is being tailored to a specific device.
But beating an older version of Ubuntu in a boot-up is not as important as beating Windows 7 at the same job. Initial reports of Windows 7 on netbooks suggests that Microsoft may still have the lead here.