Edit: Unfortunately, the images originally included in this post are gone, because of hosting problems in late 2009. My apologies.
I know it’s not a record of any stretch, but in another hour or so, my machine will have been up for seven days straight.
That’s a solid week of streaming music throughout the house, downloading ISOs, burning CDs and DVDs, modifying themes, swapping wallpaper, moderating, surfing, tinkering with web design, coding a little bit, chatting, gaming, blogging, auctioning hardware, mailing and labeling packages … and a lot more.
And no reboots. You can’t do that with Windows. (Edit: I can’t do that with Windows. ;) ) I used to reboot my old XPS M170 two or three times a day, because I installed something, changed something, rearranged something, moved the mouse …
(Just a note: Yesterday I went to work and our crappy proprietary software crashed two MS Windows 2003 servers, which meant six servers had to be rebooted in sequence, which meant the network was inaccessible for about thirty minutes and a techie had to be called in on a Saturday.)
Now it’s more unusual for me to restart the machine. Of course, I should think about power draw, but it’s a 60W laptop power supply. Unless I’m mistaken, that’s like leaving your porch light on overnight.
This Ubuntu thing is almost too easy.
P.S.: My apologies if this post comes across too much as a Linux fanboy. I think the idea I was trying to convey was just that I have a machine that has been up continually for a week (almost eight days now) without a reboot. I’d never had that happen with a Windows machine.