Re: reliability

Simon Karpen (
Fri, 7 Feb 1997 15:25:02 -0500 (EST)

I can say that I've never had a crash that was software caused
since 1.1.something. That was even only caused by trying to get
ftape to work with buggy hardware :)

However, I have seen a decent number of crashes (especially the reset
button type) that were caused by dodgy hardware. right now i'm dealing
with a supermicro p5 board that is way too electrically sensitive, and i can
cause hardware lockups by running the ide cables too close to it.

i've seen marginal clone PCs (acer, packard bell) also have problems
caused by substandard hardware, and i've seen problems caused by
slightly marginal non-parity RAM. i'd say hardware causes far, far
more crashes with Linux than software. now with lose95...

Simon Karpen,,
When you say "I wrote a program that crashed Windows", people just stare at
you blankly and say "Hey, I got those with the system, *for free*"
--Linus Torvalds