ubuntu can really be slow at startup at times like when I'm off the boot screen the bootup wave sound is played and then I wait 3 more minutes then it's done. Something should be done about this, now that's for gnome at least because I don't use kde they need a splash screen for the gnome loading time. Now some people turn on the computer and walk away, well not me. So there's my idea let's hear some feedback good or bad I wanna hear it! And by the way it's on the live cd and normal install.
Well, the problem with timers devoted to load time, install time, etc, has always been accurately estimating the remaining time. So, I don't think the numbers would really represent the actual time to load on most systems.
However, as an alternative... It might be possible to program it to start a timer on load the first time, record how long it takes to load and then build the percentages of completion off of that. Each time you booted, it would also record how long it took that time and average the currently existing against it.
Might mess up if you have one abnormally long boot time, but statistically, it could be altered to prevent those spikes from affecting it.
Not sure if I am all for it, all against it, or what... but I don't think it would be -terribly- difficult. Not when you have a system clock running the whole time anyway.