Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Aug 2008 23:50 UTC
Mac OS X An interesting article has been making its way around the internet the past few days, titled "Top 10 Usability Highs Of Mac OS". Mac OS X indeed does some things very, very right, just like many other operating systems and graphical environments do some things very, very right. The issue with the list of the article in question is that many of the items on the list are not exactly examples of "Usability Highs" at all.
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RE[3]: a kernel panic?
by steampoweredlawn on Thu 14th Aug 2008 04:19 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: a kernel panic?"
steampoweredlawn
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2006-09-27

I don't think he was making a point that Linux is bad about crashing, so much as the way you're notified isn't as elegant as it maybe could be.

OSX's panic screen is clear and concise, and you know that the system has crashed. I have seen one kernel panic on Linux in the 3 years I've been using it, and I had the same experience. Screen looks frozen, and on my keyboard numlock and scroll lock were blinking. I had a pretty good idea that the kernel had panic'd when I couldn't alt+sysrq REISUB my way out of it, but it is definitely not an intuitive way of alerting the user the system has crashed. The Windows BSOD and OS/2 TRAP screens aren't beautiful, but they leave no doubt what happened.

I'm pretty sure that's the point he was making.

edit: typos

Edited 2008-08-14 04:20 UTC

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RE[4]: a kernel panic?
by 3rdalbum on Fri 15th Aug 2008 12:19 in reply to "RE[3]: a kernel panic?"
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2008-05-26

Firefox 3 actually panics Linux for me, and it took a while before I realised the flashing lights were a kernel panic notification. X.org and Linux are in the process of implementing the backend stuff that will enable the kernel to push a kernel panic message onto the screen. Even while running X. Yeah, it's back to the future...

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