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Is Ping a reliable way to check if a server is available?

In my application I am pinging a server and waiting for a response. I am using this to determine whether the server is available and responsive or not. Is this a reliable way of determining ...
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How can I tell which package updates will require a reboot or service restart?

One of our boxes is running Ubuntu 8.04 LTS. Most Ubuntu package upgrades are trivial and don't affect availability much. How do I tell which packages are going to cause an outage before applying ...