packages requiring me to reboot...

Przemek Klosowski przemek.klosowski at
Thu Dec 17 19:05:08 UTC 2009

On 12/17/2009 01:50 PM, nodata wrote:

> yep. but all of that assumes I know what I am doing, and the people that
> this is aimed at don't. windows requires fewer reboots now.

+1, and remember that they have an advantage right off the bat:

- much fewer subsystems (Windows and a couple of tiny apps, vs. Linux's 
entire universe of applications)

- patch model that pushes large patch sets at long intervals rather than 
frequent fine-grained patches.

I think Linux has to have a better heuristic as to when a reboot is 
necessary. Actually, any event that breaks the user's work flow is as 
bad: X crash/logoff is as disruptive as a reboot, unless we had a way to 
restore the application state in the way Firefox or Emacs or OpenOffice 
recover from crashes (restarting, opening the windows where they were 
and recovering the content).

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