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What is a “kernel panic”?

What does it mean when your computer has a "kernel panic"? Does it equate to the windows BsoD? Also, what methods, tips, tricks are available to the user when a kernel panic strikes?
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How to cause kernel panic with a single command?

Is it possible to cause a kernel panic with a single command line? What would be the most straightforward such command for a sudoing user and what would it be for a regular user, if any? Scenarios ...
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Random restarts caused by a machine check exception

My laptop restarts randomly about twice a day. It shows the following error log before the restart. . Unfortunately I don't have an idea how to decode the Machine Check Exception (MCE). mcelog ...
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How to investigate cause of total hang?

My Arch machine sometimes hangs, suddenly not responding in any way to the mouse or the keyboard. The cursor is frozen. Ctrl-Alt-Backsp won't stop X11, and ctrl-alt-del does exactly nothing. The ...
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Untraceable stability problem of 3.6.8 kernel on ASUS P53E

Randomly, but not later than after 10 hours of work, the laptop freezes. Just freezes. Knowing that not all hardware errors are reported back to the user I tried the netconsole. Unfortunately the ...
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Configure reboot on Linux kernel panic

You can put "panic=N" on the kernel command line to make the system reboot N seconds after a panic. Is there a config option to specify this (other than the default kernel command line option)?
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XBMCbuntu freezes at random intervals

I have a Gateway GM5474 which is running XBMCbuntu on a 500GB Hard drive (the originial I believe or maybe slightly newer hard drive). Little background: The system is still stock, and I was having ...