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Written by Daniel   
Saturday, 26 August 2006 15:03
The Register
Linux patch becomes terminal pain
Update malaise spreads
By Robert Lemos, SecurityFocus
Published Saturday 26th August 2006 08:02 GMT
 

Many users of the increasingly popular Ubuntu Linux distribution found themselves thrown back to mid-1990s on Tuesday, when a botched update to the graphical X Window subsystem brought them face-to-face with the command-line terminal.

The update, pushed out to Ubuntu users Monday night, aimed to fix some hardware issues to the X Window software used by almost all Linux systems, but instead caused the graphical user interface (GUI) to fail to initialise, leaving users to deal with issuing text commands through the terminal.


By Thursday, more than 700 comments had been posted to the Ubuntu forums by affected users looking for answers, and the Linux project - managed by software and service firm Canonical - issued an apology.

"When we learned of the problem, the patch was immediately withdrawn," the group said in the mea culpa posted to its website. "Mirrors have also been disabled to ensure that the faulty patch isn't available from them. We have launched an investigation and formal quality process review to understand exactly how this happened and what corrective actions to take."

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