When do you turn off your Ubuntu boxes?

Steve Flynn anothermindbomb at gmail.com
Fri Dec 1 11:05:13 UTC 2006

On 01/12/06, norman <norman at littletank.org> wrote:
> You must understand that I am quite ancient and my memory goes back to
> the days before transistors were invented. We used 'valves' or 'tubes'
> and these lasted much longer by being left on permanently. Also I
> suspect that the quality of resistors, capacitors etc was no where near
> as good as those used today.

I agree that the quality if components can be suspect at times. I personally
leave my machine on 24/7 and have done for the last 6 years or thereabouts.
I've only had 2 pieces of hardware fail on me, and both of them have been
sticks of RAM. Maybe I'd have had more failures if the machines had been
powered down repeatedly, and maybe not.

Slightly related is the policy at work for the desktops - they are turned
off each night. The mainframes however, are never powered down - we can't
afford for them to not come back up when they switched on, and the cost of
that potentially happening far outweighs the added expense of the air-con,
machine-room staff, electricity, stand-by generators and so forth.

Despair - It's always darkest just before it goes pitch black...
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