For most people, hardware problems and slow deliveries are annoying. But if you're the person behind the operating system that underpins much of the cloud, Android and IoT, your problems could easily become a big issue for lots of other people too.
Linux creator Linus Torvalds told a kernel contributor on Sunday that he's doing merges "very slowly" from one of his laptops as he waits for "new ECC memory DIMMS to arrive".
"My new memory is "out for delivery", so hopefully I'll be back up to full speed by this evening, but I'll probably leave memtest86+ for another overnight with the new DIMMs just because this wasn't the greatest experience ever. A fair amount of wasted time blaming all the wrong things, because _obviously_ it wasn't my hardware suddenly going bad," he wrote.
In early 2020, during the first wave of pandemic restrictions, Torvalds switched his main 'frankenbox' PC from one with an i9-9900k to one equipped with a monster 32-core AMD Threadripper 3970x-based processor. It was, as he said then, the first time in 15 years that his desktop wasn't Intel-based. As a consequence of moving off Intel, his 'allmodconfig' test builds accelerated by a factor of three.
Torvalds clarified that his system is "all set up for ECC", except he built it during the first COVID-19 restrictions when there "wasn't any ECC memory available at any sane prices."
"And then I never got around to fixing it, until I had to detect errors the hard way. I absolutely *detest* the crazy industry politics and bad vendors that have made ECC memory so 'special'."