Only with a UPS
Posted Sep 10, 2009 19:19 UTC (Thu) by ncm
In reply to: Only with a UPS
Parent article: POSIX v. reality: A position on O_PONIES
Back about 1998, a Windows user told me that, for him, Windows "hardly ever crashes". Further questioning revealed that he defined "crash" as "I have to re-install". Lockups, a multiple-daily event, didn't count. Generally, though, by "crash" we mean the system stops responding to events, and must be re-started; usually this is a software failure, although all manner of hardware faults can cause it. When these happen, the disk has plenty of time to drain its buffers. Usually the software fault has not caused any disk writes with crazy parameters.
OS developers don't count power drops among crashes because those aren't their fault. That's commendable, because when they say "crash" they mean something they accept responsibility for.
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