Linux Introduces a Blue Screen of Death Similar to Windows

The free operating system Linux is introducing its version of the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD), taking inspiration from the well-known Microsoft Windows feature. This addition aims to inform users when a kernel panic occurs and prompt them to restart their system. The new feature, officially called “DRM Panic,” will debut in the Linux 6.10 kernel and is expected to be further developed in the future.

Linux 6.10 Sets the Foundation

Initially, only the SimpleDRM, MGAG200, IMX, and AST DRM/KMS drivers will support this feature. However, more drivers are expected to be supported soon. Currently, patches for the Nouveau driver are being developed and may debut in Linux 6.11. Previously, Systemd had already introduced a BSOD-like error screen for Linux.

The future plan includes providing less cryptic error messages compared to the sometimes confusing messages found in the Windows version of the BSOD. Instead, the error messages will be clear and understandable, encouraging users to restart their Linux systems. A first screenshot of the new feature has been posted by software developer Martinez Canillas on Mastodon.

For systems running Linux 6.10 and platforms that already support “DRM Panic,” users can test the BSOD functionality with the following command.

Future Enhancements

The Linux BSOD will eventually include precise error information and a QR code for additional details. This approach aims to make error diagnostics and system recovery more straightforward for users.