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What (free) solutions are available today to get in my screen in less than 30 seconds?

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closed as not a real question by bwDraco, soandos, random Jan 25 '12 at 1:24

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This depends more on hardware then software. Your hard drive alone can add 20 seconds just for spin up/what not. – MrStatic Dec 31 '10 at 16:00
On Windows you can use the "Hiberate" feature. – martineau Dec 31 '10 at 18:19
@MrStatic yeah, that's what makes coreboot so cool, you can launch a minimal OS from bios without a need to spin up any drives...just a thought – hbdgaf Jan 1 '11 at 8:31
Navigate to Google. Print screen. Paste the printout to your screen. – Daniel R Hicks Jan 24 '12 at 4:15
Voted to close as too localized because the question relies on the current state of instant-on technology. – bwDraco Jan 24 '12 at 5:36
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Coreboot will let you boot linux from BIOS. Crazy fast boot time.

here's a video of a googletalk:

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it used to be called linuxbios and can get to a shell prompt in 6 seconds or less. – hbdgaf Dec 31 '10 at 15:59
how easy is it to set up Coreboot? – Arlen May 24 '11 at 2:29
if you get supported hardware and have the tools it isn't overly complicated. that being said, it's more for geek points than any real useful bonus. some mainboards have a really thin linux distro in their bios now out of the box. – hbdgaf May 27 '11 at 3:23

Hey digitxp, My HP came with HP instant web, which boots to a workable but limited linux desktop in about 4 seconds. Its a HP branded version of something, but I can't find the name of that software.

However, the instant web is a bit deceiving. It shows a linux desktop at about 4 seconds. If you click on it and try to use it, it freezes for 2 to 10 seconds while it activates. otherwise, after your set time limit, it boots to windows. in reality, its closer to 15 to 20 seconds to be able to get to on my pretty high end machine.

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Making your boot drive an SSD can do this.

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