Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/02/16

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Subject: Re: [Leica] LUG OT: Computer Platform Stability
From: Johnny Deadman <>
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 17:47:59 -0500

on 2/16/01 5:13 PM, Martin Howard at wrote:

>> The boxes run stable apps over a stable OS and just don't crash.
> Yeah, it's never ceased to amaze me how unstable M$-DO$/Windoze/MacOS are in
> comparison to various Unix flavours.  What is even more interesting is given
> the massive number of people who -- in a more or less uncoordinated effort
> -- are continuously developing Linux manage to get a platform that is
> substantially more stable (though substantially more cryptic) than propriety
> OSs.

Nothing very amazing about it really. UNIX is a  protected environment where
a crash in one thread can't affect anything else eg overwrite some other
app's memory. If Windows or Mac OS were built like that they'd be as stable.

Of course the forthcoming Mac OS X DOES run exactly like that since it's
built on top of a Unix base... so it SHOULD be as stable. The public beta
was pretty damn solid.
- -- 
Johnny Deadman