> > >  - I pushed the power button, and my system shut down cleanly!
> > 
> > > Yes.  ACPI brings some useful new features. 8)
> > 
> > FSVO ``useful''.  It's a real PITA to have to physically unplug the
> > machine when the kernel is wedged rather than have the power button
> > turn off the power.  (The machine in question does not have a reset
> > switch.)  As a sometime developer, I may well have a reason to power
> > the system off without performing any kind of shutdown.
> Most systems with soft power will perform a hard powerdown if you hold
> down the power button for a sufficiently long period of time (10 - 20
> seconds).

Actually, it's typically somewhere between four and five.  The spec 
mandates not less than four.

Personally, as a sometime developer, I'd get a reset switch.  Power 
cycling your system is Bad.

... every activity meets with opposition, everyone who acts has his
rivals and unfortunately opponents also.  But not because people want
to be opponents, rather because the tasks and relationships force
people to take different points of view.  [Dr. Fritz Todt]
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