increasing grub timeout?

John Summerfield debian at
Wed Nov 25 00:36:17 UTC 2009

Adam Williamson wrote:
> On Mon, 2009-11-23 at 21:28 -0500, Scott Robbins wrote:
>> I really don't see a good reason not to have it.  I know that Windows
>> refugees like quick boots, but don't see 3 seconds making that big a
>> difference.   
>> (Dinosaur that I am, I've always thought that there is too much emphasis
>> on quick boots with pretty splash screens, but that's just the old vs.
>> the new and all that rot.)
> FWIW, I would support this. As a data point, in my experience people
> don't count the bootloader time in deciding if a system 'boots fast' or
> not. If they see a fast boot from _after_ the bootloader to desktop,
> they consider it to be a fast booting system. Yeah, unless you bypass
> the boot menu this isn't a particularly logical perspective, but people
> are not that logical =) so I don't believe we'd lose much in terms of
> people's perceptions of Fedora as 'booting fast' or otherwise, by making
> such a change.

Sees to me sensible to count boot time from when the choice of what to 
boot is made.

If the menu's visible and the user is asked to make a choice, there's a 
clear time from which to measure.

To me, the long wait is not actually the time to boot, but the time to 
run the initialisation scripts, checking filesystems and starting 
services and such.

I know Mrs S the Kindergarten teacher doesn't have such a discriminating 
view though.



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