Quoting Braun Brelin (bbrelin at openapp.biz):
> Would that that were true. Unfortunately we've seen situations where
> older Linux systems become unstable for one reason or another.
In my experience, this would be almost always because it wasn't installed
with journaling filesystems (which wouldn't have been common at the time
of system creation), it wasn't on UPS, and the system got thrashed by
In other words, that failure mode isn't typically going to happen, any more.
Properly set up background-services-providing systems should normally
run until hardware failure -- modulo security compromise or the need to
reconfigure to accomodate unanticipated changes in the surrounding
> I recently went to a new customer because his named stopped working
Pray do tell: What about a nameserver "stops working correctly" beyond
the cache getting horked or kernel TCP congestion / filehandle
exhaustion, which of course can be cleared by Ctrl-Alt-Del and waiting
Which of course one would want covered in the "Admin for Dummies"
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