I released a change in the host-side network configuration for the Linode’s network setup that fixes a number of related, long-outstanding and not easily reproducible bugs:
[list][*]Random disconnects when others rebooted on the same host.
[*]Complete loss of connectivity if the MAC address timed out in the bridging table. (requiring the log-into console and ping the host work-around)
[*]A potentially measurable improvement in network performance, since each packet now avoids a change I made to the bridging code in the host kernel.[/list]You’ll get the fix next time you reboot. No changes are required on your end.
This bug had the second highest priority/nag level on my bug list for the past many (6) months, so I am very pleased to finally eliminate it :). It was the only network related bug, so the network is completely solid now.