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Re: IDEA: Shortening boot-time


Not all systems use BIOS HID emulation and on some of them we actually
have to turn it off because it doesn't work properly

Doesn't matter. You can start the interactive startup mode even before the kernel starts using the bootloader (passing a kernel arg) or what ever the system provides (NT/2K/XP do this for example). The interactive startup mode is the only thing which has to happen as early as possible. All other interactive things can suffer from long(er) delays to catch up with the usb/what every bus enum time. If there is a delay it doesn't matter wether the user has to wait 10 or 20 seconds since new hardware is only detected once in a while. And usually the usb bus is enumerated way before the user has finished reading and understanding the question the system is displaying ;-)


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