Does using a CF card as the root partition help Linux boot-up?
I've heard that CF cards have faster acess rate then most normal HDs, but I'm curious what moving the root directory (along with the boot loader, kernel and initrd images) will do to boot times. I'm presuming that the faster speed will help with initial decompression of the kernel, but beyond that I'm not sure.
Anyone have benchmarks of how long it takes to boot off a 4200 RPM laptop drive (or other HD) vs. a Cf card (same kernel and image config)?
I'll probably do some kernel hacking to get the boot times down, but if hardware I have laying around (256MB CF card + port on motherboard for CF) can make it boot even faster, that'd be great.