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What's With All the Reboots, Apple?
Thursday, 21 February 2008 1:38 PM MST
I used to joke about having to reboot Windows XP for every little item of software or every update installed. Then I got my Apple Macbook notebook. I was glad to be away from such madness.
Now running Apple Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard it seems I'm back in the land of eternal rebooting for upgrades. Apple's Software Update just popped up yet again informing me of available updates, and that a restart is required.
Apple! What's up with that? Fix your system! Your kernel has elements of a microkernel. Use that! One shouldn't have to reboot except perhaps to upgrade the running microkernel itself. Okay, probably a few other times too.
Today upgrades makes sense, a Keyboard Firmware Update and Leopard Graphics Update. But the past several updates to QuickTime and/or iTunes all also required rebooting, which made little sense to me.
Tell me, Apple, why?