[arch-general] [arch-announce] Moving to Zstandard images by default on mkinitcpio

Kevin Morris kevr at 0cost.org
Mon Feb 22 01:12:20 UTC 2021

A 10 second improvement is _large_. You may think that you don't need it
because you're sitting at your computer, but think about servers, vms,
automated systems... Every second makes things quicker. Moving from 20
seconds to 10 seconds is halving its boot time.

That is a good thing.

On Sun, Feb 21, 2021 at 08:17:28PM +0400, Archange via arch-general wrote:
> Le 21/02/2021 à 17:34, mike lojkovic via arch-general a écrit :
> > Those milliseconds matter. When you have a thousand processes starting up
> > shaving off a couple fractions of a second on each helps you hit the less
> > than 10 second boot time.
> Well I don’t boot often enough for even say 30s to make a difference (and my
> boot time is actually dominated by 1. UEFI and 2. Passphrase input). Outside
> of being impressive, what does a <10s boot time actually achieves? It likely
> takes you more time to adopt a good posture in front of your computer while
> it is booting up. If we were talking 10s vs 2 min I’d understand, but we are
> barely talking 20s vs 10s…

Kevin Morris

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