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    SubjectRe: Linux BUG: Memory Leak
    On Thu, Mar 13, 2003 at 09:42:39AM -0500, Richard B. Johnson wrote:
    > But it's a memory leak in the game, not the kernel. They should
    > complain to the game makers. If a game runs the system out of
    > memory so a user can't log in on the root account and kill off
    > the game, it's a problem with the game.

    I would like to encourage the camp of people who believe that UNIX can
    be a stable server platform to innovate ways of ensuring that if a game
    (or other memory intensive program) does run the system out of memory,
    an administrator could login as root and kill the game.

    So I don't agree with your conclusion. I think "your system crashed? well
    contact the application designer..." is a mindset that was strongly
    encoduraged by companies such as Microsoft, as it allowed them to release
    half baked kernels and call them stable. Thankfully, even Microsoft has
    learned that this isn't the best approach, and WinXP is quite a deal more
    solid than Win95.

    Yes, Linux is the result of (mostly) volunteer effort contributed to the
    community. No, I don't think that means it is acceptable for it to contain
    security exploits, or for it to be any less robust than other operating
    systems in its class such as AIX or Solaris. We have smart people. Let's
    use them. Let's not be satisfied with less.


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