Subject: Re: Hard disk blues on laptops.
To: Michal Suchanek <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <email@example.com>
Date: 03/19/2007 17:16:09
On Mon, 19 Mar 2007 22:10:15 +0100
"Michal Suchanek" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On 3/19/07, Christos Zoulas <email@example.com> wrote:
> > In article
> > <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
> > Cherry G. Mathew <email@example.com> wrote:
> > >On 3/17/07, Cherry G. Mathew <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > >> Hi,
> > >>
> > >> I'm wondering how many people on current-users use NetBSD on
> > >> laptops, and if so, how many of you have come across the problem
> > >> I'm facing.
> > >
> > >So far I got three responses, all neutral. Can't assume there's
> > >massive user need for this then. I'll keep using it in any case,
> > >and try to keep it up with -current. Won't check it in unless
> > >specifically requested.
> > >
> > >Should the PR be closed ?
> > Should that be enabled with an option? What do other OS's do?
> > christos
> I guess nobody cares. The disk should be made so that it spins down
> properly when the power is removed. So they probably rely on that. I
> can also hear unpleasant cracks from speakers or see weird flashes on
> the screen. I would bet that if anybody then Apple would care to
> remove any unpleasant noises on shutdown. After all they can make the
> software fit the hardware or the other way around, and they are into
> that cool and sleek stuff.
I responded privately that I have no idea if I have such problems,
because I don't use acpi on my laptop -- suspend/resume doesn't work
properly, so I can't. I suspect I'm not alone. It may be a real
problem, but we just don't know yet.
--Steve Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb