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View Poll Results: How often do you reboot your Linux desktop?
Daily 157 38.67%
Weekly 46 11.33%
Monthly 50 12.32%
Only for kernel updates 133 32.76%
Never 20 4.93%
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Old 08-01-2014, 08:17 AM   #46
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Besides the fact that I'm using a laptop, I like to save energy, so I reboot daily. And if I go outside, I can shutdown/boot more than once a day.
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Reboot weekly

I reboot my linux laptop once weekly on average. My Linux desktops are virtual though and I Power down my desktop daily.
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Depending on many factors but mostly ~once per month.
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work computer CentOS= once a month
home computer Debian= once every two or 3 months
laptop OpenSuse= once or twice a day
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Since I mostly use a lappy I only reboot for kernel or other major updates (xorg etc) or if I am slack and don't plug my laptop in time before it loses all charge.
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Reboot only when needed/necessary to correct system issues. Of course when I upgrade the kernel & reboot.
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I'm running 14.04 and have to reboot two to three times a day on average. Sometimes much more. My system will suddenly freeze or slow down and not recover. Sometimes the mouse will still work and sometimes it does not. It seems to happen when using Chromium.
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How often do you reboot your Linux desktop?

My laptop I shutdown all most daily.
My work desktop monthly only because it's more habit then really a need to
Old 08-01-2014, 09:17 AM   #54
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Office laptop: Reboot daily (after the overnight power down). Sometimes I leave the laptop on for a few days if I want access from home.
Have needed to reboot during the day on rare occasions - kinda once every two months. Usually the result of loss of keyboard/mouse - I suspect it's Linux/VirtualBox (Windows 7) fighting.
If I didn't care about power, I'd leave the laptop running continuously and reboot for Linux updates (and keyboard battles) only.

Home desktop: I leave this on for days. Only reboot on a power up, or sometimes to bring the SCSI (remember those?) interface on-line.

Both systems:

Old 08-01-2014, 09:20 AM   #55
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Thumbs up No need to reboot that often

I used to reboot my laptop every week or so because at some point it seemed to freeze and rebooting was the easiest way to get it back and keep working. Now I'm getting the habit of stopping unresponsive processes or just logging out and logging in instead of rebooting. It's been up for 40 days now.
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Laptop here also- I use hibernate for shutting down daily, only reboot as needed (kernel install or bad crash)
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same thing for my notebook

Originally Posted by dynamiteboy View Post
I only reboot as needed. That usually works out to every week or so.

My system is a laptop, though, so most of my reboots are for transportation purposes.
Almost once a week or two for laptops.
For kernel upgrades on desktops.
Never for mail /web/ firewall machines
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I go for several years without rebooting. Kernel upgrades are overrated. This isnow Windows.
Old 08-01-2014, 09:45 AM   #59
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That's the crux of the matter.

That's the crux of the matter with Linux. It is very stable.
While rebooting all of my clients windows servers at least every month (Microsoft patchday at every 2nd Thuesday of month) i need to reboot the linux servers (all CentOS) once in a blue moon.
I patch all security patches immediately and rarely the kernel (except for security patches).

I'm using OpenBSD (Only two remote holes in the default install, in a heck of a long time!) as firewall.
These systems need no reboot at all. The longest uptime on one of my clients firewall is above 5 years!

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Old 08-01-2014, 09:50 AM   #60
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Due to the fact that my linux system is a server ( Hp DL580 G5), i only reboot when it is necessary and not for updates!!
(Updates on a professional server are a bit risky!! )


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