I just downloaded and installed moblin 2 alpha in virtual box. It boots FAST. I'm guessing that it'll go from post to nghost in about 10 seconds or less. I'll get a video as soon as I get nghost on it.
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Booting from a usb stick goes nearly as quickly as an optimized Mepis install on my Atom 1.6 netbook. Once installed, it is a hair faster to boot, though far less usable.
Hopefully this will keep going and improve the boot speed of other distros as well.
Or else a way will be figured to base a complete distribution on Moblin.
I also tried it, but I had used Alpha1. Does Moblin support wifi yet? It is pretty useless without it.
After that it just needs a good desktop manager like LinuxIce or perhaps Harbour-Launcher. I am super interested in the fast boot capabilities. I could reconfigure my m2atx to shut down sooner to reduce battery draw!
But still very limited- it is an Alpha and it is for testing purposes, NOT intended for real use as a standalone operating system.
WiFi support is still very limited- I believe there are a few crds supported, but mine is not one of them. (Broadcom wl.)
I have started to mess with trying to get Image Creator running on my desktop, but it is intended for Ubuntu, which I don't use.
Some of the dependencies MIC has are causing problems for me in Mepis 8 (Debian Lenny based) so I have not yet succeeded.
As impressive as Moblin is in and of itself, my hope is that the optimized code will make it mainstream before too long; and/or that someone will create a Moblin-based distro that is full-featured and includes the ability to have source installed, etc.
I would happily trade some of the boot time speed the alpha's have for the ability to compile software from source in order to take advantage of all the optimizations.