First off, I think that "slow" is relative. To me, a 30 second wait for my PC to resume from hibernate and settle into music is not "slow. To others, it is extremely slow.
So anything we're discussing here is a purely subjective judgement.
OK. How many users are still running a Via EPA board with a C3 or C7 processor?
Compare a C3 CPU which is used in the M10000. IT clocks at 1.0 ghz, and is roughly the equivilant of a 1.0ghz P3. That's right, a P3. No typo there.
You can't compare the load time of an OS on that CPU to a system with an Intel Core 2 Duo or even an Atom. The architechture and processing capability is completely different.
And I didn't say "slow" hardware. I said "slower hardware". Hell a 7200rpm hard drive will yield faster boot times than a 5400rpm hard drive.
Because the 5400rpm drive is WHAT, boys and girls?
A PATA hard drive is slower than a SATA hard drive.
RAM modules have different timings, even though they are rated for the same speed. Never mind that RAM modules come in different speeds.
Even different chipsets utilize resources in different ways. Some are faster than others.
First of all, nobody said your hardware was slow.I can do a comparison of load times on the same hardware for all the windows front ends...would that be useful to anyone or am i gonna get excuses like "its just my hardware"??
And is you want a true comparison of fornt-end load times, you need to do it yourself on your hardware.
Look, I've never argued the point that CF is slow to load. And I won't. I can't because everyone has a different concept of "slow". In my case, I'm going through my ritual when I get in my truck while CF loads, so I don't notice it. And I have music playing by the time I put the truck in gear, so I have no complaints.
Is CF slower to load than other front-ends? I don't know. It is not slower than SD 1.0, at least on my system. I can't compare to SD 2.0 because I never used it.
My point is that to get an accurate comparison of front-end load times, you need to do it yourself on your hardware with the way you have your system optimized and configured.
While it's highly unlikely that you could tweak WinXP to the point where you get CF to load faster than RevFE (as an example), you can tweak your system to improve load times so it won't be "slow"... Or at least not as slow...
Both your points are wholly dependent on setup. My DSATX starts the bootup of my system as soon as it senses power on the ACC line. There might be a delay of a quarter second or less.
My system goes through the BIOS in well under 10 seconds. And it's an older setup.