LCA: Andrew Tanenbaum on creating reliable systems
Posted Jan 19, 2007 4:40 UTC (Fri) by drag
In reply to: LCA: Andrew Tanenbaum on creating reliable systems
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Well I asked this on the Xorg mailing list and the basic respons was when the drivers in Linux bork, X restarts. Also you can do the ctl-alt-backspace to break out of X when it locks up. This is basicly what Vista has implimented, but in a more automatic manner.
If the driver fails in a manner that borks the hardware then your screwed irregardless in both operating systems.
That's my limited understanding. The details on the internet on what actually happens with the video card reset features in Vista is few and far between. So don't take it as the gospil truth.
The video drivers in Linux have always been userspace, which is suppose to be a big new feature for Vista. The 'DRM' Linux kernel modules allow the 'DRI' drivers (drivername_dri.so) to control the hardware. As have been the USB drivers, optionally.
Another example seems like Microsoft is full of shit about a lot of other aspects of Vista that are touted as huge improvements.
For example they toute their 'resolution independant ui'. this is to make your UI to work better with very high resolution displays. In reality all this means is that you can change the DPI for the display (with a reboot, I beleive).
Effectively they just implimented a feature that was aviable in other OSes for years and years and it's this big new selling point for them.
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