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SubjectRe: what's next for the linux kernel?


On Tue, 4 Oct 2005, Chase Venters wrote:

> As for error messages... the equivalent of the Linux kernel panic is basically
> the Windows BSOD. Neither one of them should appear in the day to day use of
> the system as they indicate bugs. Linux is actually the clear winner here, I
> think, because a Windows BSOD gives you a single hex code and no indication
> of what happened, except for very vague codes like
> "PAGE_FAULT_IN_NON_PAGED_AREA". I'd much rather have a backtrace :) In any
> case, I'm watching the work on kdump with a keen interest.
>

And what about kexec? To be able to boot into another kernel on a kernel
bug and still have access to all the memory and the system state of the
bug. That's pretty cool. It would be like Windows going straight to
Safe-Mode on a BSOFD without a reboot.

> In any case, I think pretty much all of this work lives outside the kernel.
> There is one side note I'd make about booting - my own boot process has to
> wait forever for my Adaptec SCSI controller to wake up. It would be
> interesting if bootup initialization tasks could be organized into dependency
> levels and run in parallel, though as I'm a beginner to the workings of the
> kernel I'm not entirely sure how possible this would be.
>

I've been thinking of at least trying to see what would happen if I
threaded the do_initcalls in main.c but lately I haven't had the time.

-- Steve

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