I can find many tables comparing the specs of the latest development platforms like Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone Black, and UlinuXino. However, as all of them run some flavor of Linux, there is going to be some boot time involved before one can launch an application. I have yet to find anyone that compares the boot times of any Linux distro on each of these platforms. Would anyone here be able to point me in the right direction?
I don't know any such comprehensive comparison, but hopefully such boards can be compared. Take a look in the processors, as I could find:
- Beaglebone black: AM335x 1GHz ARM® Cortex-A8
- Raspberry Pi: ARM1176JZF-S 700 MHz (BCM2835)
- Ulinuxino: ARM926J 454Mhz
As a baseline, you can have measures from a model B Raspberry Pi with a class 10 SD card; it takes (always with a minimal networkable SO):
- 3s to boot Marshmallow Entertainment System (not sure if it is modB nor class10 nor networkable)
- ~11s to boot ArchlinuxARM
- ~11s to boot Slitaz
- >15s to boot Raspbian (personal experience)
Of course there are overclock possibilities etc. A hint about the application or precise requirements would help.
These platforms don't run "a" distro, they are capable of running multiple distros, including custom builds put together by the solution implementer (i.e. you) themselves. Worry about the features you need first, then find or create the software solution afterwards.