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LinuxPlanet: Hitting the Reset Key the Linux Way

May 19, 2000, 13:50 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Ferris)

[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]

"Recently Nicholas Petreley was going on about how Windows veterans migrating to Linux have problems because they reboot things instinctively, and how reboots are not necessarily a good thing. I thought about what he was saying and I realized that a lot of people have trouble adjusting to new things, and that anything like that is likely to be stressful, what with pouring over manuals, reading man pages and trying to get things working in the fast paced IT world of today."

"Well, I agree, for the most part. But rebooting is not all that bad. Sometimes the process table can become so full that getting the most minor task accomplished seemingly takes forever. Things begin to slow to a crawl, the task switching becomes more and more painful, and a reboot is simply the best thing you can do. We're not talking killing off a few processes--we're talking complete and disorderly shutdown."

"Which is why, this past Monday, my wife Lisa stepped into the room, pried the phone out of my right hand, pulled my laptop out of my other hand, and drug my butt kicking and screaming off to Put-In-Bay, Ohio, where I was sure to down a bottle or two of wine. After that, I would emerge fresh as a Linux box after an init 6, albeit the world would be short a few bottles of the good stuff."

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