Originally posted by Atmo
Last crash not caused by buggy software/bad drivers/unstable hardware = never. In nearly a year i have not experienced one crash that i couldnt explain...and none of the problems have been caused by microsoft. Most crashes have been caused by overclocking or 3rd party driver immiturity.
That seems to be the case with the majority of crashes, regardless of OS (I disagree with Phily here). Problem is, Linux software, as a general rule, is awfully written while Windows software is solid. Yes, the Linux kernal may be very reliable, but what is the use if your software is crashing it more often then in Windows? If you are only using your system for one use (i.e. webserver, router/internet gateway), you are fine because you are dealing with quality software. The problem arises when you try to use Linux as a desktop machine, for multiple uses in one day (i.e. run a graphics editor such as The Gimp to create buttons for your website, post your website to a server via FTP, create and edit a couple spreadsheets, do your taxes, and render a couple 3d images, all the while, listening to your favorite tunes). In this respect (a multi-use home machine), Linux sucks, primarily because the software for it sucks.
Just look at Winamp. Because it is so well-written, in it's default configuration, you are virtually assured 100% availability. You'll start to break things once you install third-party plugins. Just ask anyone who frequents the tech support forums: 99% of user complaints are due to poorly written plugins.