Ubuntu Upgrade Brings Ugliness

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-08-29 Print this article Print

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

Ubuntus 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 wasnt 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 Ubuntus 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 It went on, "When we learned of the problem, the patch was immediately withdrawn.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 isnt 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 Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. 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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