Re: Linux Sudden Death Syndrome?

Jeremiah Jahn (
Thu, 5 Oct 1995 20:57:05 -0500 (EST)

On Wed, 4 Oct 1995, Christopher Gori wrote:

> > > writes:
> > > > Has anyone had experience with the "Linux Sudden Death Syndrome?"
> > > Have you replaced the memory?
> >
> > Yup. Went through several SIMMs. Just about the only thing we *haven't*
> > replaced is the hard drive. However there are several local Linux ISPs
> > which have the *exact same* problem, on completely different hardware and
> > motherboard, etc. and they have also gone through motherboards, cards, etc.
> > so I don't think it's the hardware config -- I definitely think it's in
> > the kernel.
> >
> > If someone can't find the cause of the problem, I'm afraid we'll have to
> > ditch Linux and go with FreeBSD. Pity, coz otherwise Linux is very nice.
> I find this very unlikely. Do you realize how many people are using
> Linux at this point without experiencing the kind of crashes you are
> talking about? That's got to be a rather large number. (100,000?,
> that's me being conservative)
> I used to work for VA Research, one of the companies that advertises
> in Linux Journal building linux boxes. We built bunches of systems
> and the #1 reason for a machine not to work was flaky simms. You can
> get batch after batch of flaky SIMMSs, or motherboards that have bad
> memory hierarchy problems. (We stopped carrying one laptop company
> because 75% of their machines had architectural problems with more
> than 16 meg of memory) Motherboards were probably #2. Linux exposes
> design flaws in systems that work perfectly well in DOS/Windows.
> I suggest you continue to examine your hardware -- it's most
> likely that.
I'm sorry, but i'm gonna have to agree with this...Ihave linux running
ever since it could run...and i've never had this problem...My machine is
made of leftovers from around the world...and not at one time can i
remeber have this problem...the only problems i've ever had are a wee bit
of misconfiguration in the begining...and a few missed patches...

and besides...i've looked a FBSD...sorry but Linux is so far beyond it..i
don't know why you'd even consider it...there's probably 40% support for
your current devices'd have to do a complete overhaul to run it..


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