Ubuntu Upgrade Brings Ugliness

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Ubuntu Linux takes a stumble with a faulty update. (Linux-Watch)

Ubuntu's star shines a little less brightly since a recently released patch knocked out its users' graphical user interface.

Affected users saw—the horror, the horror—a blue screen of death. While this screen had more useful information than the Microsoft blue screen, it still wasn't useful to confused users.

Ubuntu 6.06 LTS users who installed updates between 17:30 UTC on Monday, Aug. 21, and 10:00 UTC on Tuesday, Aug. 22, were the ones affected by this problem.

A note to users on Ubuntu's Web site said, "An update to the windowing system in Ubuntu was incorrectly released for Ubuntu 6.06 LTS.

Click here to read more about Ubuntu 6.06 and its advantages as a desktop Linux distribution.

When applied to Ubuntu 6.06, the patch inadvertently breaks the desktop windowing environment on some systems."

It went on, "When we learned of the problem, the patch was immediately withdrawn. 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."

While users could reach a command line interface, many new Ubuntu users were still confused as to what to do about the problem.

Read the full story on Linux-Watch: Ubuntu Upgrade Ugliness

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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor of eWEEK.com's Linux & Open Source Center and Ziff Davis Channel Zone. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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