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> packet analysers (or sniffers); these apps require
> direct access to the
> network interface card. When a sniffer goes down, it
> generally takes the
> whole OS down with it 
>Interesting.  Well, I guess there are always going to
>be a few exceptions.

Other exceptions are likely to be DOS programs written before HAL
existed, which do not negotiate with HAL for resource allocation and
blithely _assume_ that they have direct hardware access. Such programs
can lock horns with HAL. As we know, 'assume' makes an ass of u and me.