Hi, this is a bit of a fluffy question really, but I have a lot of linux boxes that have uptimes of months all the time. My record is 454 days on one, when the datacentre forced me to shut it down because they were installing a new UPS.
I have just set up an XP Pro box with all the latest fixes that's going to go into a workgroup and it won't do an awful lot. Just a central place to share files really. But that made me think about uptime. Can I expect this XP box to keep on going until there is a power cut, or will it grind to a halt in some sort of reasonably predictable timeframe? What is the experience out there?
It won't be accessed during the night, so I have it copying the data off to another computer (doing a backup to DVD-RW). But I decided it may pay to do a scheduled reboot first to clear any memory leaks, disconnected yet active user sessions or other imaginable drama, and then do another reboot after all the data has been copied, just to give it a fresh start to the next day when people come back to work.
Am I being overly paranoid? I guess that after years of dancing the grim fandango with Windows boxes I have simply become pragmatic about doing reboots whenever it's practical.
(question is neither difficult or urgent, but I like to be generous anyway :)