Ubuntu apologises for killing graphical interface
Ubuntu Linux founder Mark Shuttleworth has apologised for a faulty patch last week that left thousands of users without a graphical user interface - a particularly acute problem for a distribution that specialises in ease of use.
The patch for Ubuntu 6.06 was available to users for about 17 hours, from late on Monday 21 August to the morning of the next day. While the patch didn't delete or corrupt data, and didn't cause any security problems, it left many users to rely on the command line.
The bug affected the X Window system, which is used by most Unix and Linux systems and forms the underpinnings of the Gnome and KDE graphical user interfaces. It appeared to be related to specific hardware, according to developers.
Current patches eliminate the problem, and instructions for those who have been affected by the problematic patch have now been published.