Although I realise nothing is full proof, how stable should I consider Linux (Mandriva) to be, in comparison to Windows XP?
For example, you pretty much know when Windows has crashed, because it’ll either hang or blue screen, etc, and you know you just got to press that power button (if the keyboard doesn’t respond).
How does one interpret this type of scenario with Linux? I take it you shouldn’t assume the system has crashed if it hangs, and do the ‘poweroffwiththebutton’ thing that I have been so accustomed to with Windows (by the way this method is executed only after I find the ctrlaltdel etc to fail with the recovery). If you powerdown a Linux system without halting I understand you risk messing up the filesystem and loss of data.
I haven’t had a system crash yet with Linux, so my confidence with its stability is pretty high. I occasionally get the message ‘stalled’ when an app or window is loading (assume waiting for a hardware response?)
In addition to my initial question, are there any tips and tricks for recovering from a crashed system (like windows ctrlaltdel etc), for Linux Mandriva?