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(Ubuntu) Linux is not as good as they say

By Rbeumer ·
Today I installed Ubuntu 8.0.4 on my PC. Installation went nice, first logon went smoothly, etc. But... when I tried to browse the internet using Firefox, the system completely freezed after a few minutes. I couldn't get to a new session, raising skinny elephants didn't work either. I rebooted the system with the reset button, quite irritated: why did the entire system freeze?
The same event repeated itself a few times, so I looked omn the internet and found out it was Firefox. As a temporary solution I installed Opera.

Why can an entire (Linux) system freeze just because of one application? On Windows, Firefox has crashed before, ofcourse, but it never let the complete system freeze. Where is the o so superior stability of Linux?

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