A survey on kernel quality
Posted Jul 10, 2006 6:38 UTC (Mon) by iabervon
Parent article: A survey on kernel quality
I'm not sure what to say about the two probable kernel bugs I've encountered.
One is that on one of my systems the BIOS occasionally reserves different memory, and then a USB hub gets assigned the same IRQ as the mouse, and mouse interrupts never arrive. I'm running 220.127.116.11, and I have no idea if it's been fixed or noticed by anyone else, and it happens rarely and can be worked around by just rebooting.
The other is that my server running 2.6.15-gentoo-r1 somehow confused one of its hard drives, such that it kept giving errors suggesting that the hard drive wasn't understanding commands. Then it tried a bus reset, which didn't fix it, and then I rebooted. Everything worked, no corruption, hard drive doesn't report any media problems. It had been running for a while, and it hasn't happened again, but it hasn't been running that long.
There doesn't seem to be any way of responding for bugs where I couldn't collect enough information to make a real bug report, and can't repeat the failure to determine if it affects later versions.
For what it's worth, this seems to me to be in line with other stable series I've used previously.
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