Posted by peterhoeg on Wed 27 Jul 2005 at 20:42
Several people have written guides on booting Debian systems faster. Most of these involve reordering initscripts, and other significant changes. There is a much simpler alternative to speeding up boot times though, whilst it might not work for all it's an interesting hack.
A simple one-line hack is to run scripts in parallel, merely by changing the startup script /etc/init.d/rc.
Changing the line:
startup $i start
to the following:
startup $i start &
This idea originated here.
NOTE:This is no longer applicable when using systemd which already does a stellar job at running things as quickly as possible.