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Re: how to make Debian less fragile (long and philosophical)

No, this wasn't a critical machine. I shouldn't have used the word 
critical. It was my desktop machine, and there was stuff on there 
that was important to me.

I haven't yet used any linux box for a critical server. I want to, 
which is why I am posting all these arguments in favour of statics 
(and also hopefully imparting a paranoid attitude about reliability).

This event was so impressive though, that it was at that point in 
time that I believed Linux would eventually be viable on critical 
production servers. 

That was three years ago, and I am still waiting. RedHat and Slackware
haven't given me the confidence I need to run Linux on a critical server,
and I don't feel they ever will. Debian has potential--which is why I 
am here whining about the things I consider unstable rather than on 
some other Linux's list :-)

Debian has got a lot of the key things in place, such as a good 
organization, a policy, a package manager with many strong points; 
but I feel it is still a little lacking on the reliability side.

Please don't take this as a flame, I'm looking at this with a dry 
eye while chomping at the bit waiting the day when I think it's viable.


On Wed, Aug 18, 1999 at 12:08:41AM +0300, Tommi Virtanen wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 17, 1999 at 03:49:02PM -0400, Justin Wells wrote:
> > I had lost / and /usr, but not /local or /u which were on the other 
> > IDE cable, which was still connected. I was able to keep it going because
> > most programs were already linked and loaded, and critical applications 
> > like /bin/sh and /bin/cp had been recently used and so could still be 
> > loaded out of the disk cache--and they were statically linked, so 
> > they worked (any attempt to "ls /" would block permanently though, 
> > locking that tty so that it was permanently unusable).
> 	You are running critical servers on IDE? With no failover?
>         No redundant hot-swappable server? To You, Sir, I say "Bah!"
>         Don't blame Debian for your lack of design capability.
>         Now let's forget the troll and fix the damn distribution.
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