Debian boot process can be faster. Distributions like ubuntu seem to be already on their way to faster booting with Sun SMF self-heal services and parallel execution and Fedora Project is implementing a new init system. Thus, the need to improve the current process has been identified and different approaches are being taken to solve it. Parallel processing is an option that has been considered but the dependencies between the programs is a constraint. With dependencies taken into account like by making init scripts LSB-compliant, parallel execution could be implemented in Debian. At the end of the day, a 60% faster booting time could be obtained according to Petter Reinholdtsen, which would make a big difference for high availability systems.


(1) Debian new generation init scripts discussion

(2) Project ideas from Petter Reinholdtsen

(3) Ubuntu and SMF

(4) Fedora Project's analysis of existing init system