Re: Disk is cheap?

From: Wojtek Pilorz (
Date: Thu Feb 01 2001 - 07:34:08 EST

On Wed, 31 Jan 2001, Robert Kaiser wrote:

> Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2001 17:12:47 +0100
> From: Robert Kaiser <>
> To: Patrizio Bruno <>,
> Subject: Re: Disk is cheap?
> In article <>,
> (Patrizio Bruno) writes:
> > I built a embedded dvd/cdda/mp3 player based on linux, using a p200mmx
> > with 24mb with a bus of 75mhx, but it still takes about 20 seconds to boot,
> > I think that an embedded device (for home use) should boot in less than
> > 5 seconds, how could be possible with a slow p133? (I've also tried a p133
> > on 66mhz of bus and it takes almost 35 seconds to boot)
> Usually most of the startup time is spent by the BIOS doing
> extensive self-test stuff and for firing up services (http,
> inetd, sendmail, ...) that many embedded systems have little use for.
> I have a 25MHz 386EX (~2.2 Bogomips) here that boots Linux out of ROM
> in roughly 30 seconds. Most of _that_ time however is spent decompressing
> the kernel.
If someone would modify kernel to allow LZO compression then the
decompression would be 3 times faster at the expense of
compressed part of the image being 9..10% larger (assuming LZO1X-999/9
method used by lzop -9)
(I have done decompression speed tests on Pentium MMX 166 MHz)

Best regards,

Wojtek Pilorz

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