As I'm designing an embedded product, I really need fast boot.

I have:

  • between 20 and 25 seconds with standard Raspbian Wheezy from raspberrypi.org,

  • around 10 seconds with ArchLinuxArm distribution, mainly because it uses systemd instead of sysinitv,

  • around 15 seconds with Raspbian-ua-netinst, installed with Jessie, it uses systemd as well.

Question: What optimal boot time can we get with Raspbian?

Reason: I'd like to keep Raspbian instead of ArchLinuxArm for simplicity, but I would like to keep the "10 seconds boot time" of Arch.

Remark: It seems possible to have 2,52 seconds boot time.

EDIT: Here is how I solved the problem.

  • Hey. Why would you exepct Raspbian to be more simple than Arch? What are you going to do with the system that makes you think it cannot be done with Arch? (I have not tried Raspbian so far so it is hard for me to tell. But I've used Suse, Fedora and OpenSolaris on PC and Arch on the Pi and would not rule out any of those systems for lack if simplicity if the offer the benefit you need.)
    – Ghanima
    May 21 '15 at 10:38
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    @Ghanima The OP may mean simplicity in the sense of ease of downloading an image for the Pi.
    – joan
    May 21 '15 at 10:41
  • @joan, maybe so. But as daunting as it may seem if you follow the nine points of hands-on description at Arch's website you get it up and running in no time without an image. And that is all I suggest, do not drop one system over its perceived complexity. If the OP is used to Linux (s)he (no offense) will certainly get the hang of Arch too.
    – Ghanima
    May 21 '15 at 10:57
  • @Ghanima : I mean simplicity with Raspbian because I'm myself used to apt-get etc. and more generally used to Debian, and because most RPi users are on Raspbian (default OS proposed on raspberrypi.org/downloads). I have nothing against Arch, but for simplicity for me and users of my soft, I'd prefer to stay on Raspbian
    – Basj
    May 21 '15 at 11:10
  • There's no reason you can't tool with the configuration and make Raspbian boot faster than Arch (or make Arch boot slower than Raspbian). They are not radically different operating systems (in fact, they're really the same operating system configured differently). The only advantage Arch would have vs. Wheezy is on a Pi 2, where systemd will be able to take advantage of multiple cores (Debian's old SysV init is not parallelized). I don't know to what extent Raspbian has exploited the parallel potential of systemd in Jessie (but of course, you are free to make it so anyway).
    – goldilocks
    May 21 '15 at 12:45

There is no simple answer as it depends on what you are willing to change but reading this guide should help you find out;


The 2.5 second example you found is using


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