I wanted to try out the upcoming XFCE 4.6 so I installed the latest snapshot of the upcoming Xubuntu 9.04. After installing Sickboy's Kuki kernel, removing the network manager and replacing it with wicd, but no other system tweaks, I am happy to report power-on to desktop (bypassing login screen) takes 25 seconds. This is with the 8gb SSD model. So far, everything that was working with Sickboy's kernel under 8.10 is working (lan, sound, camera, etc.). I'll post experiences in a couple of days. Of course, since 9.04 is alpha, it can break with any update from the Xubuntu team.