It's astounding to me that the Linux kernel is administered through some guy's laptop. I would've thought he'd use his laptop to connect to some server somewhere that would be set up to cope with issues just like this. So if his laptop went kaput, then he could appropriate another laptop to connect to the server and carry on without missing a beat. But no, we get this.
I am not sure what I should knock on such as wood or pixels but I do not have backups of my data. Nobody depends on my data, so it is irresponsible of Linus to not make any backups. Also it is irresponsible of Linus to not think of setting up RAID-1 by combining SSD and a HDD. From my experience, HDD is very reliable under continuous writing and reading even though the heads hover very close to the platters (the area the data is stored).
I do not use SSD because of one failed cell or chip in a SSD can cause a complete failure. The worst thing for SSD is syslog which writes out to storage every second. I have hybrid HDD or a Seagate Momentus XT. This hard drive is a notebook drive that I use in my desktop/workstation. It is fast. Seagate also has hybrid HDD for desktops.
rough with the smooth i guess. Once you find a stable level on a distro you cling onto it for dear life and keep those unnecessary updates away
More to the point, Linus should be working from a desktop and NOT a laptop for his kernel work.