Linux gets its own Windows-style Blue Screen of Death

From PC World: Free operating system Linux is looking to Windows as its role model, at least in this one way: implementing its own Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) to warn users in cases of a kernel panic.

The BSOD—with the official name “DRM Panic”—will be included in the operating system for the first time with Linux 6.10, prompting users to reboot. Its usefulness will be further expanded in the near future.

The whole thing was solved by direct rendering manager drivers (DRM drivers) and kernel mode setting drivers (KMS drivers). In Linux 6.10, the new DRM panic handler will be integrated into the kernel for the first time. At launch, DRM & KMS drivers SimpleDRM, MGAG200, IMX, and AST are supported, with more to follow.

Nouveau-DRM panic patches are already in preparation, but will probably only be integrated in Linux 6.11 as they won’t be ready in time for Linux 6.10. Systemd already introduced a similar error screen as a BSOD for its version 255 in December 2023.

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