My desktop decided to spontaneously restart again today in a repeat of what happened a few weeks ago.
The short-term memory replacement (Twitter) tracked the occasion:
No warning, nothing. Badda bing, badda bang… blank screen, some hard disk seeking then KDM restarts. Good thing I save my work regularly and both Konqueror and Firefox have session restoration!
I haven’t had a chance to do any debugging yet, but I invariably will as this type of failure is unacceptable if Linux is going to have a snowflake’s chance in hell of providing a credible alternative on the desktop.
Mind you, my notebook does get hammered every day in the form of multiple suspend to rams, compositing (Kwin, not Compiz) and scores of applications running at the same time.
So when I say my desktop crashed I’m really saying “my desktop has been going for two weeks straight (no restarts, just suspensions) and decided to have a hiccup”. No idea what my record it but could well be over a month before a kernel update demanded a reboot.
Any debugging tips will be greatly appreciated (Kubuntu Karmic).
Without pointing the finger at X.Org, does it add complexity the modern Linux desktop could do without? Not that it’s unstable at all (in fact, X has always been a model of stability and robustness when configured correctly), but does it let Linux distributions down in an area where Windows and Mac OS X shine?
So far the logs haven’t told me much. Let me wait until it really become s problem before I start digging furiously.