RP: faster booting

I have been working on streamlining the bootup on the ARM boards. I am aiming for 20 seconds on the Raspberry Pi -- that is a target, not there yet! It is an optimistic target, not sure if I can get there.

I haven't had much time the last few days, mostly due to doing things for elderly relatives.

Today I setup wireless broadband Internet on a laptop for one of my elderly relatives, a person who has never used a computer before. She was recently given an old laptop, which has Windows 2000 on it. I didn't put Puppy on it, left Windows 2000 as-is, just installed the latest Firefox and Adobe Flash players that work with Windows 2000.

I took her to the local shopping centre and bought an Optus Prepaid Mobile Broadband usb stick, for AU$69.95. Even though it specified at least Windows XP required, I ignored that -- it installed ok and runs fine on Windows 2000.

We were quickly online and surfing the web. It was interesting watching someone using a mouse for the very first time. She is in her early-80s and her hands are not so nimble.

I took her through all the steps, but I am wondering if she will be too scared to turn it on on her own. I'll pop back in a day or too and see what has happened.

Posted on 28 Jul 2012, 21:31


Posted on 28 Jul 2012, 22:26 by rhadon
Re: elderly relatives
Please think about games and educational programs for kids.
A very good training for the mind, reaction and for coordinating eyes and hand. And last not least, it's fun. It can be very helpful.
My mom (at this time ~85) loved crashing cars in a car race (lol).


Posted on 29 Jul 2012, 7:04 by ozsouth
mouse for oldies
My father-in-law first used a pc at 89 (2005), using DSL linux (I'd only just seen Puppy then). I found that 'click-then-enter' was easier for old hands than double-click (single-click often has things accidentally opened or dragged).

Posted on 29 Jul 2012, 8:15 by mistfire
About OS Requirements (an opinion)
Barry some software which is the windows version requirements will also worked even in lower version, unless the installer or software has a code for checking windows versions. one step ahead because in that case on broadband modem, Windows XP is a minor upgrade of Windows 2000. I suggest that make the startup load of the PC must be lighter for faster performance

Posted on 29 Jul 2012, 10:52 by lobster
Silver surfing
Tried this on a couple of silver surfers with success

another resource

Posted on 29 Jul 2012, 21:04 by Adi
Puppy Linux
If you like to install Puppy Linux instead Windows 2000 is ok. Puppy is a modern software than can run on old computers while Windows 2000 is out and do not accept many upgrades especially free antivirus programs that often kill the computer. You must choose a puplet that has more software than original cd in order to edit documents and see pages on internet.

Posted on 30 Jul 2012, 9:27 by Raffy
Already Fast
I've tested SAP6 alpha4 last night on a DVI-capable monitor and was impressed with its boot-up speed (at second boot). I was using class 10 SD card.

It will be great to have PPLOG working out of the box in SAP6 - can be a great server for schools!

Thanks, Barry.