From the Linux Idea Bin: i80and’s mod-boot

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You may recall me quoting my friend i80and recently in my post about the new features in Gmail Chat. Well, he just posted a new entry to his blog last night, and the idea looks quite interesting.

Basically, what he wants to do is speed up boot times on FOSS (Free and Open-Source Software, like Linux) systems. So his idea was to have init (the default boot script) call a C program of his own writing that would basically optimize the boot process and help bring the system up faster. He explains it better than I can, so I’ll just point you to the mod-boot post from last night and let you read the details there.

I will say one thing, though. If my friend’s work goes into the Linux core, I just might have to switch to Linux. It already sounds appealing, to not have to deal with Windows…

PS: Congratulations to i80and for being this blog’s post #300!


I am an avid technology and software user, in addition to being reasonably well-versed in CSS, JavaScript, HTML, PHP, Python, and (though it still scares me) Perl. Aside from my technological tendencies, I am also a theatre technician, sound designer, violinist, singer, and actor.


  1. Ooh, thanks for the link!
    PageRank++! Yay!

  2. What language is that statement? Shouldn’t it be unsigned char PageRank++?

    PS: Why are you still using the Queiba Wars avatar?

  3. Well, maybe
    static unsigned char PageRank++;
    PageRank has been defined before, and without knowing what arguments Google passes to websites, the assumption that PageRank is a static variable seems logical. And yes, C. 😛

    As for my avatar, it’s because I’m too lazy to make another one. Someday I’ll either make it look nicer or make a new avatar.

  4. Hmm, static? Whoops! Though if it’s already been defined, your original statement was probably right. 😀

    I figured you were using C. Though the syntax in PHP isn’t much different; we just don’t have to cast types. 🙂

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