Why LispOS?

Kragen kragen@pobox.com
Wed, 25 Mar 1998 18:32:37 -0500 (EST)

On Wed, 25 Mar 1998, Damond Walker wrote:
> 	Hehehehe, that's pretty funny...a year or two without rebooting.
> Where have you had that happen?  The only system that runs a year or two
> without *some* kind of reboot is a system that isn't used.  

I haven't had it happen myself, but I understand that there have been
Linux problems with the `jiffies' counter, which is an unsigned long
(32-bit number on the x86) that starts at 0 at boot time and increments
100 times a second, overflowing.  Some device drivers did not handle
this well.

That's 497 days (one year, four months, ten days (or so)), two hours,
27 minutes, 52 seconds.

Usually, I have moved more often than that, and when one moves, one
normally unplugs one's computer.  My best uptimes are in the range of
months, not years.

> Don't want to start a war or anything as I use Linux daily.  

It could be that your drivers or your hardware are not as stable as
some people's.

> Just don't like to see
> unsubstantiated claims like that (hell, I have to deal with AS/400 bigots
> all day long with their 99.9% uptime claims).