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10.4: Play with the fake startup progress bar
Authored by: tobyc on Jun 28, '05 03:00:17PM

Perhaps fake isn't the correct term, instead one could call it a place holder. The fact that it writes it's previous time to a file and uses that to guage the speed of the progress bar upon the next boot implies that it is a place holder rather than a real progress bar. It isn't guaging how fast your computer is actually starting up nor is it giving you an indication of what is actually happening it is simply giving you an estimate based off of previous starts. This is nice if you regularly shut down your computer but if you only shut down infrequently of for software updates then the bar can be practically meningless.

At least with the previous startup bar it gave you some indication of which services were launching and how long they were actually taking.

One nice thing is that Tiger boots much faster than 10.3 did



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10.4: Play with the fake startup progress bar
Authored by: gidds on Jun 28, '05 05:56:00PM

AIUI, it's not showing you how fast the computer's actually booting up, because it can no longer TELL how fast the computer's booting up. It has a list of services to start; in previous version, it would start one and then wait for it to complete before starting the next; so it was easy to tell how far it'd got. Now, though, it starts them all in parallel, which can be much faster, but means you don't get the nice linear progress measurement -- you just have to wait until they're all done.

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