Vista, Windows 7, Ubuntu 9.04 and 9.10 boot speed comparison

Linux

The Great Boot Race

Hot on the heels of the final release of the Karmic Koala, we've put together a video montage of 64-bit versions of Microsoft's Vista and Windows 7 operating systems booting alongside Canonical's Ubuntu 9.04 and 9.10. Watch all four at once and see which one wins!

Each operating system has been freshly installed and features exactly the same hardware configuration. Auto-login is enabled, and each will launch Firefox which will then proceed to load our homepage.

We've taken an in-depth look at Ubuntu 9.10 in our latest podcast, and we've discussed Windows versus Linux several times before.

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Boot times matter

Years ago, we would just turn on the dumb terminal and start working. When Windows 95 showed up on the office computers, we started our day by walking into the office, starting the computer, going to get coffee, snacks and some idle chit-chat. After 15 minutes of wasted time we would sit down and start working. This waste of time has gone on for 15 years or so. Imagine the costs in productivity.
If boot times are less than 1 minute, users may actually sit at their computer when they turn it on. I use Debian and my boot time is around the minute mark, so I actually sit in front of it while it boots.

And for free people

Is there a version for free people like me who don't use flash ?

Be Honest

Be honest, you not even say what is the configuration of the PC.

I have Ubuntu 9.10, I have Vista, I have Win 7.

Hey, wake up, Win7 is the fastest, much faster than Vista, and just a little faster than Ubuntu.

BE HONEST, don't promote this kind of articles, and if you promote, be honest, any machine with, lest say 2 years or less is much, much faster with Win7 than Vista in boot time.

Curious

Was the Win 7 install an upgrade of a Vista install or a clean (custom option) instead? That might have a significant impact in boot times - and leave the testers being called for Shenanigans.

err

Same here, Windows 7 Ultimate is wayyy faster to boot than Vista Pro.

This is BS

I'm quite sure of this. I have been running Windows 7 and Vista on at least 7 machines. None of the Vista Ultimate x64 actually loads faster than the Windows 7 Ultimate x64. NEVER, not even from a clean install.

And another thing I would like to point out is that whatever hardware is used in the demo, it certainly was not the same one used in the Ubuntu, or that the demo has been cunningly doctored.

My worse boot-up delay for Windows 7 Ultimate has always been under 40s. The fastest was about 25-27 sec. All done without any modifications to the OS or the hardware.

Bullshit

I have the same computer with Seven and Ubuntu 9.10!
If you install several software, Ubuntu become very slow in boot time.
And Seven is booting way faster than Vista.

ogv please

Would be nice if you provided an ogv. They play in FF now you know.
I can't view the video in flash as Adobe don't make flash for PPC Linux. I can understand you providing a flash link so you can show possible windows and Mac converts, but ogv is an open formate and available to all.

or dirac

Windows 7 is the

Windows 7 is the fastest.

Microsoft rulez

this site isn't

this site isn't honest.

Classic nerdy linux fanboy.

I want to see IE or Chrome

I want to see IE or Chrome on Linux. Why I have to use Firefox?

If M$ does the same thing they are fined.

Gnash works, Free guy

It is only a youtube clip. So you can either use youtube-dl or Gnash.

No problem being free and watch youtube. It's easy.

Opera is Legal on Linux

Are we comparing apples to apples? Browser performance varies depends on its OS.

Opera is perfectly legal to install on Linux.

W7 owns

When is MS gonna put out IE8 on Linux? Ubuntu would be perfect with IE. Firefox is gayer than San Fran.

Heck No!

IE is a humongous security problem. Those who must, run on Linux via WINE, Win4Lin or a Windows virtual machine -- and that's bad enough.

I'd just as soon replace my roof-tiles with well-browned slices of toast.

@ Omar RE: Opera

> Opera is perfectly legal to install on Linux.

True.

Nevertheless, it is not legal for Canonical (producers of Ubuntu) to ship Ubuntu with Opera. Only Opera Software can ship Opera.

Ubuntu 9.10 is fastest

>Hey, wake up, Win7 is the fastest, much faster than Vista, and just a little faster than Ubuntu.

Nup. Win7 is the slowest, and Ubuntu 9.10 is the fastest. Didn't you watch the video?

Nice to see so many

Nice to see so many freetards getting desperate. All the propaganda in the world won't help when all you have to show for it is a broken, useless, non-working mess of a system.

Good luck, see you again when Windows 8 is released. I bet things won't have changed.

Now this is sure a objective test

Reading a test about windows/linux on a linux site is super objective.

I have no clue what strange hardware you have, but i upgraded my 64 bit Vista Ultimate to WIndows 7 64 bit ultimate, on a 1.5 year old system, and the Windows 7 boot time is WAY faster.

Who cares about the boot time anyway, it does not say anything about how the system is to use, what software is available, what games you can run without emulating and stuff like that.

So all together a pretty useless test.

tux

bando de fanboy linusers

I wonder how linux users are

I wonder how linux users are so nerdy.

OS, Browsers and Specs

First of all: Great job, Ubuntu! I really appreciate what you're doing!

Now to my considerations:
Shouldn't they be tested with their own browsers? What's the point on using FireFox on Windows Vista or 07? They were not designed by microsoft.

I would also love to see Gentoo in this rally (my favourite distro). I'm sure it would cause good impression! (Ok, after a week of fine tuning. Not everything is perfect... :( )

Also, what's the machine specs? Without that, this video is pointless.

Just probed my everyday use mac here. The times for a basic macbook are:

Boot Leopard (MacOS X 10.5) 32sec
Boot Leopard (MacOS X 10.5) + Safari Browser: 39sec
Boot Snow Leopard (MacOS X 10.6) 17sec
Boot Snow Leopard (MacOS X 10.6) + Safari Browser 22sec

Mac Specs:
Intel Core2Duo 2.26GHz, 2Gb 1067MHz DDR3 ram, NVIDIA GeForce

Both MacOS X and Linux are Unix based, so... Congrats, Ubunto, but... Way to go!

OS, Browsers and Specs

First of all: Great job, Ubuntu! I really appreciate what you're doing!

Now to my considerations:
Shouldn't they be tested with their own browsers? What's the point on using FireFox on Windows Vista or 07? They were not designed by microsoft.

I would also love to see Gentoo in this rally (my favourite distro). I'm sure it would cause good impression! (Ok, after a week of fine tuning. Not everything is perfect... :( )

Also, what's the machine specs? Without that, this video is pointless.

Just probed my everyday use mac here. The times for a basic macbook are:

Boot Leopard (MacOS X 10.5) 32sec
Boot Leopard (MacOS X 10.5) + Safari Browser: 39sec
Boot Snow Leopard (MacOS X 10.6) 17sec
Boot Snow Leopard (MacOS X 10.6) + Safari Browser 22sec

Mac Specs:
Intel Core2Duo 2.26GHz, 2Gb 1067MHz DDR3 ram, NVIDIA GeForce

Both MacOS X and Linux are Unix based, so... Congrats, Ubuntu, but... Way to go!

OS, Browsers and Specs

First of all: Great job, Ubuntu! I really appreciate what you're doing!

Now to my considerations:
Shouldn't they be tested with their own browsers? What's the point on using FireFox on Windows Vista or 07? They were not designed by microsoft.

I would also love to see Gentoo in this rally (my favourite distro). I'm sure it would cause good impression! (Ok, after a week of fine tuning. Not everything is perfect... :( )

Also, what's the machine specs? Without that, this video is pointless.

Just probed my everyday use mac here. The times for a basic macbook are:

Boot Leopard (MacOS X 10.5) 32sec
Boot Leopard (MacOS X 10.5) + Safari Browser: 39sec
Boot Snow Leopard (MacOS X 10.6) 17sec
Boot Snow Leopard (MacOS X 10.6) + Safari Browser 22sec

Mac Specs:
Intel Core2Duo 2.26GHz, 2Gb 1067MHz DDR3 ram, NVIDIA GeForce

Both MacOS X and Linux are Unix based, so... Congrats, Ubuntu, but... Way to go!

This test isn't fair

What windows installation hasn't got a bunch of antivirus installed, slowing down the process further?

lol at all the windows fanboys invading the comments section, and triple lol at the mac user immediately above me playing into the "mac users are morons with computers" by posting the exact same comment, not once, not twice, but *three* times.

My captcha was rotten publican :)

Bullshit

>>Hey, wake up, Win7 is the fastest, much faster than Vista, and just a little faster than Ubuntu.

>Nup. Win7 is the slowest, and Ubuntu 9.10 is the fastest. Didn't you watch the video?

The video is pure Bullshit, this is only propaganda...

The Tuxradar with this kind of Bullshit can't be a trust site any more...

Normal

A Linux Magazine tests Win 7.

It's the same if Microsoft would compare the BootingTime from 7 and Ubuntu. Who wouzld then be the Winner?

huh?

Exactly ... Windows 7.

This test ist just bashing against Windows 7.
No useful information...

MyOwnTest

Sorry I've videos from start and down from my computer with vista and ubuntu but I don't know how to set it here.

My own test is on the same computer, in dual-boot :
Vista start : 1m12
Ubuntu start : 44s
Différence : Time Vista = Time Ubuntu + 65% Time Ubuntu

Vista start + FireFox start : 2m09
Ubuntu start + FireFox start : 52s
Différence : Time Vista = Time Ubuntu + 150% Time Ubuntu

Vista down : 48s
Ubuntu down : 7s
Différence : Time Vista = Time Ubuntu + 600% Time Ubuntu

So at least Vista 32bits is 65% slower than Ubuntu 64bits

Test irrelevent....

So the new installs all boot within 30 seconds or so of each other. The real test would be startup times after a year or use / abuse. On my old dual-boot Debian (Etch) and XP system I found both to take about the same time to start when new (about 1 min). After a year Debian still took about 1 min, while XP took about 4 mins.

The other thing is shutdown times. My work XP machine takes almost 5 mins to shut down. Home Karmic, literally, 4 seconds.

Don't mind making a cup of coffee while I'm waiting for my computer to start, but when you want to go home waiting for it to shut down is a *huge* PITA.

off topic | music ?

I like the background music from the video, what is it ?

no video?

So where is this video showing the results?

Time seemed to include

Time seemed to include waiting for a webpage to fully load, but the server might just have been having more traffic right at that point. I'd like to see it all with the browser fully started, but not necessarily having fully loaded a page.

30 seconds?!

"The average user couldn't care less about an extra 30 seconds on their boot time."

30 seconds is a LOT. People will DEFINITELY care.

One test is statistically insignificant

Before the bashing begins: I am a Linux person.

It is nice to see that in your computer this is the case although I would not be brave enough to extrapolate and generalize.

In my own experience Windows 7 boots faster than XP and Vista. Other people may have different experiences specially if they've fine tunned their preferred OS.

Problem

The Windows Vista and Windows 7 machines appear to be going through the final stages of a background update or new profile initiation.

Boot times are HIGHLY subjective on the hardware used. If we do not have the hardware listed here, we are shooting in the dark.

Also, even if we did have the specs of the workstation(s), that would not validate these tests all across the spectrum of PCs available. Each machine will act differently.

I would suggest we work with a middle of the line Dell Dimension workstation and capture 2 full shutdowns and restarts. Anti-virus software is 3rd-party. It would not be accurate to include it if we are simply doing an OS vs OS boot time comparison.

These are first boots; I'm

These are first boots; I'm sure all of these systems will boot a LOT faster on the third boot. Heck, I was surprised to see boot times on my Eee PC go from ~70 seconds first time to just about 30 after three times!

Windows 7 booted

Windows 7 booted significantly faster in my own test!

a blog by a linux

a blog by a linux man...

sure... linux is better....
fuck man! is a trik

to: a blog by a linux

@Anonymous Penguin: the Linux Format guys are fairly neutral about these comparison things, though. But as I stated, boot performances after a few times of booting differ vastly from what you see in the video.

Benchmarks...

> While it's nice to see that an OS boots really fast. I Don't believe it shows the real functionality of the OS.

Absolutely. One longs for the good 'ol days when benchmarks measured important things like how fast will the system format a 360KB floppy. :^)

I suppose boot times matter to people running laptops and faster is much better in that hardware realm. I care little about boot times since only one of the systems around here is booted more frequently than once a month or so. Of course, it would be nice if Linux could get past that "pata_jmicron" section in less than 2-3 minutes; that's /really/ annoying.

Ubuntu's Value isn't an RRP

"its not how fast it boots its how fast it runs after boot that matters"

Ubuntu 9.10 runs faster than windows Full stop
Its not just boot time. firefox, open office, quake4. All faster on Ubuntu (on the same hardware).

Its not all bad news for MS fanboys.
Canonical will send you a FREE copy of Ubuntu 9.10.

Instead of bitching about an OS that you've never used, TRY IT. Its free. It wont cost you anything. You might like it.

but if your idea of somethings value is its price tag then I think you've missed the point.

My e-peen is bigger...

My epeen is bigger then your epeen... seriously, a few seconds difference in boot time makes fux all difference to the normal user. WHO CARES!?
What really ticks me off about all this comparing epeen boot times is that the new Ubuntu 9.10 has gone and removed a LOT of features from their login window options all for the sake of a few seconds on boot up. They also force the administrator to display all the usernames, the only way to set the login screen so that the users have to enter their usernames as well as passwords is with an obscure (indecipherable to most,) command... seriously, WTF were you thinking Ubuntu devs?!
Massive step backwards in customization options !> few seconds boot time.
Ubuntu 9.10 login options = FAIL!

Even newly born babies know that Firefox boot very slowly in Win

I love Ubuntu but this was lousy.

"Its not just boot time.

"Its not just boot time. firefox, open office, quake4. All faster on Ubuntu (on the same hardware)."

Firefox has been proven to be slower in Linux than in Windows. Chrome, on the other hand, seems to be faster in Linux than in Windows.

I also can't say much good about OpenOffice.org's startup times... It's slow in all cases, though it did improve with 3.

Shutdown

> Don't mind making a cup of coffee while I'm waiting for my computer to start, but when you want to go home waiting for it to shut down is a *huge* PITA.

On my laptop I have too make sure Win actually shuts down, because sometimes it stops with "X program is still running, do you want to quit the program?" and then it crashes when the battery runs out... However on Ubuntu, when I press "Shutdown" it actually shuts down... without asking about anything... I only press shutdown if I know that all data is saved...

Different Distros?

How about a comparison test like this with other distros? I would like to see a really cut-down linux and see how fast that boots, and then compare other major distros.

on my pc AMD 7750, Gigabyte

on my pc AMD 7750, Gigabyte m57slis4,4*ddr2,segate 500GB:

Vista+opera=32 sec (3 months after install)

Problem is there?

What is all the fuss about with this video? The video shows one test result of the boot up times of his/her pc. It does not state what services are running, are similar services running on each OS etc.

I am presuming that the default installation services is all that is running, hence the lack of info but who knows.

Linux boots faster than Windows in this case, which I imagine is not uncommon, try the same test after a few months and I am willing to place money on it that Linux will still be happily booting at the same speed while Windows has slowed down drastically. Will give you 10 to 1 odds? Any offers ;)

Bullshit

I have tested Ubuntu and Win 7 with a same Hardware and win 7 is faster a little bit than ubuntu and really faster than Vista

Yeah

Well said, I think it's the time for Ubuntu todo extra cosmetic to cover the pre booting text..

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