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FortKnox's Journal: MS Crashes vs Slashdot Crashes 30

Journal by FortKnox
For a group of people that complain about Windows crashing, I must say I am humored by irony of the slashdot downtimes. Sure, it'll be blamed on bandwidth, or mySQL, but regardless of excuses, it was down.

Honestly, my server (SuSE 7.2) and Slashdot have been down more often than my XP machine. Take it as you'd like. I just find it funny.
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  • You mean Open Source and Free Software sometimes doesn't work??? OMG, what a revelation!!!1! *snort*

    It's funny when you confront a zealot hot on the Jihad trail with things like these - I mean, the only thing left is a problem between the keyboard and chair, and they seldom want to go there =)

  • I've been thinking about doing Linux again on the spare box, but Windows really has a lot of the stuff I need (games, video editing, etc.)
    Don't know. Don't know.
    Should I be principled or effective?

      • Most likely.
        I had it dual boot originally. Then wanted to go all Linux.
        Then went Win98 (games, video like I said.)
        Now I'm thinking about XP...
        Probably XP.
        Got an old box that needs a drive and I might set it up as a Linuxserver. (Not that this is a pressing issue right now.)

    • Dual boot, definitely. I dual (or triple?) boot between Windows 2000, NetBSD and Debian all the time.

      No one OS is good for *everything*.

      • I disagree with that. For my work, as a programmer, and my fun times, Linux is perfect for me. I don't want to spend the cash on windows every few years and I don't want to steal, so I'm kinda stuck. Tis ok tho, I love linux :)
        • Well, if Linux does it for you, then there's no need to even consider Windows. Personally I can't get away from Windows (and I don't want to), but there are things that simply work better on Linux and BSD.

          The right tool for the job, I say =)

      • No one OS is good for *everything*.

        True, but I'm just not doing any 'serving' at this point.

        But then, I guess I should bone up on my IIS...

        Just planning at this point. Probably will dual boot XP and Mandrake.

  • It's down a lot. About at least twice a week it's not responding. I'm just blaming it on network congestion or so. Besides, there is a huge difference between your own little server and the monster that is slashdot. My server has only been down when the DSL line drops and reports a duplicate user (too fast when reconnecting), but then it isn't Linux ;-) Anyways, no way I would dare to compare a little homebrew server to slashdot.
  • I *finally* got Redhat 8.0 installed on my 4XPPro Proliant server! If you get any of this "old" hardware and unless you are Linus, I would suggest going straight for the full distribution on CD and don't bother with the bootnet.img method as plenty of the images out there are bad and it won't work when you find a good one anyway.

    Next step, reinstall after figuring out how a previous Redhat install attempt (top suspect) has messed up the BIOS recognition of 3 processors, then actually turining this thing i
    • I've got this Dual AMD (2x Athlon MP2400) here I'm going to use as my desktop machine. I wanted to go over to Linux or FreeBSD but *neither* of those detect the second CPU. (Distribution of Linux was Slackware 8.0)
      I thought FreeBSD would be better, but I don't know how to see if it found both. I thought top would report it, but alas no second CPU.
      Windows 2000 is happly using both, calculating a seti@home packet in about 4 hours and a 15 minutes.
      Any idea what I do wrong with Linux/FreeBSD?

      Oh, and

  • Dang, Josh, pick your fallacy [datanation.com]. Start with this one [datanation.com]. ;)
  • ...of 5 years ago is the problem. Win2K/XP are leaps and bounds better and more stable than the Win9x line, which is where a lot of the anti-Windows crap is based upon.

    My Win2K box has never crashed, and the only time i've ever had to shut it down are when I'm not gonna be home for a few days, like the trip to Richmond a few weeks back and tomorrow when I fly to Boston. Same goes for my Linux box!

    But before I was using Win2k, Win98 required reboots every few days, as the clock would lose time and run co
    • Switch your network card and your SCSI card. I did that. Just switching the PCI cards. BSOD in W2K. Why? Beyond me... but it happened.
      Linux just shrugged and booted up....

      I do realise that 9x systems were crap. I haven't used them in 4 years, and I don't even consider installing them on any of my machines.

      • My Win2K box has never crashed


      I have had my Win2K box crash 5 or 6 times a day.

      Hell there are a number of applications I can run which are guarnteed to crash it almost every time I run them.

      On the flip side it IS a ton more stable then Windows9x. Unpatched Win2K sucks though, just moving my mouse around too fast for too long a period of time BSODs it. . . .

      Actualy, that occasionaly STILL causes a hard lock. *sigh*
      • Try tweaking your Win2k system as you tweak your linux system.
        in 2.5 years of using Win2k and then WinXP my system (used atleast 8 hours a day, 5 days a week) only crashed once .. because I tried overclock it.
        It crashed - i clocked it back down to normal and it never ever crashed again. No lockup, no reboot.

        Maybe you've got buggy hardware? Ever considered this? I always carefully select my hardware.

  • I am going to unfriend you for spewing such UNTRUTH's - Good bye foul, foul untruth spewer!!
  • You are getting good uptime on XP because you aren't 733+ enough. Play some zero day warez (or just buy them on release day like I do:) and you'll get plenty of crashes, hangs, etc.

  • Yes. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Squidgee (565373) <squidgeeOO1 AT hotmail DOT com> on Sunday March 30, 2003 @11:19AM (#5626211)
    Thank goodness. I was hoping someone would mention this.

    And, so ye all know, Linux _can_ be quite unstable. So can WinXP, of course, but I am the king of getting any and every computer to crash, regardless of OS.

    Which is, of course, why I'm still very much amazed with Mac OS X. Been 6 months and still no crashes; I got WinXP to bluescreen a few times within the first month (I told you I'm the king of getting computers to crash).

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