Ha, being the naive Linux noob that I am, I tried installing Gentoo Linux 2006.0 today. Let me tell you, this is a distro not meant for noobs (or not-as-experienced-users)! I should have know… Anyways, as soon as I got to the installer, I was already confused by the options which I really had no clue about. So, I clicked around, applied what I already knew, and… well, after thinking for a little bit, I thought that if the installer was already so confusing to me, I really shouldn't install the whole OS. So, I retreated (for the better I suppose) and now I am back in my trusted SuSE 10.0 environment. I guess I will just learn as much as I can about Linux through SuSE, and then move on to install a more complicated distro of Linux on my other hard drive. Oh well, just a little set-back for now, but also an opportunity that forces me to learn more about Linux. Still, from what I hear, Gentoo is an EXCELLENT Linux distro, used and loved by many, so don't let my little post here scare you off. : )
If the slow booting time of your Linux box is driving you crazy, consider parallel booting techniques.
What kind of improvements might you see, compared to your current sequential boot process? Well, let's start by seeing what kind of times you're getting currently. Either grab a stopwatch, or write a simple script to time the boot
Simple instructions for anyone looking for a portable installation that they can easily carry with them for use as rescue media, system administration or as a private workstation. This is an update of the original howto (http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/179), and adds support for 2.6.16, cryptsetup with LUKS support, Udev, and Yaird.
Today's first stable 2.6.16 release is 188.8.131.52. It contains a fix for a potential inter-process information leak on the i386 and x86-64 architectures. (Update: the FreeBSD advisory has some additional information on this vulnerability, which is specific to certain AMD processors).