As the title says I'm looking for the front end that boots the fastest(That will be from cold boot).
The system I'm planing to use is an Intel based MB with an Atom330 and 1Gig Ram,7200rpm HDD, if thats any help.
The main feature as you might have understand is the boot time, other things will be a bonus.
So if anyone that have logged their boot times on the different front ends could post them here, so I could compare and make an decision.
software front ends.....but the only real full front end and OS is OpenICE.
As far as OS startup times - you can rule out a mac...but windows or linux depends on hardware.
Depending on how fast your looking - Software load times should be factored in...for me I had an 18sec cold boot so another 5 seconds waiting for a frontend to load was significant. I think in general centrafuse and streetdeck are probably the slowest (last I used them)...roadrunner falls in the middle depending on configuration....and revFE, nGhost and OpenMobile are easily the fastest.
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For something windows based, maybe look into optimizing your hibernation times instead of booting each time. Usually on a fresh install, windows itself takes about 30 seconds to load, which is approximately the same time you can hibernate in. Heavier front ends like Centrafuse can take a while to load on fresh boot, so hibernation would be much better. If you want a fast, clean boot each time, then probably a linux solution like OpenICE is what you are looking for. The disadvantage is that it most likely wont be as easy to use, compatible, and intuitive as a windows based program.
I would have said "does not have the wealth of plugins available for windows programs". The OpenICE interface is too simple to not understand. The issues most people have are the current bugs and implementing the workarounds because the workarounds often assume you have basic familiarity with a unix command line shell.
Unless you have experience with Linux, I cannot recommend using LinuxICE until it goes final. The latest daily-live (9-17) is really close, but even then, I would wait until LinuxICE 2.0 Final to be finished for a truly awesome and fast user experience. You are always welcome to test it out and make suggestions though .
200ms for OpenMobile is fast! I don't think nGhost is as fast to start, but it's definitely sub 1s. RevFE is probably close in there as well.
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It will be either an windows or an linux based build, all depends on what boots the fastest.
I know linux might not be as user friendly as for instance a windows based front end, but thats not a big problem.I think it all comes down to what you're used to.
If I should end up with a linux based front end I would like to have all set up for me, as I'm not as comfortably with setting up and tweaking it as for now.
I must ad that I have been looking for LinuxICE for a while now, and me like Haven't really found some good data on how long it takes to boot, guess it's just me that's not good in searching.
hardware...it may take one user 30seconds to boot windows and another user with a faster computer 25 seconds to start linux. But that doesn't help you....because its not the same hardware.
i think what your looking for is one user who tests each different front end on the exact same computer and posts times......but unfortunately we don't have that kind of data (at least not that i've seen).
the fastest booting FE is not having to boot them at all, like nobb said, hibernation/standby.