How fast does your notebook or netbook take to boot up? A couple of Intel engineers managed to drop the boot up time of an Asus Eee PC to just 5 seconds, with the Fedora desktop ready and raring to go in that time. The secret of their success? Removing various boot elements that are deemed to be dead weight for netbook users as well as repeating functions, with the crowning glory of a specially written patch that enabled read-ahead operations based on a modified version of Fedora Readahead. That alone enabled several functions to run simultaneously instead of in sequence.