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Ubuntu apologises for killing graphical interface

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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.

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Ok, I never heard B.Gates to apologies for faulty updates, for Windows, IE etc. In the past two years there were really many. So, when the it happens that Linux/Ubuntu has some broken updates so many prolinux people declare it for not ready for prime time. Ok, how fast there was a solution and repair I think less then 24 hours. The only uncomfortbale think was to write some comannds in the console. Last month I got one update for XP the result was two hours labor two get the internet work, and no instant damage repait from MS, and a furious wife, who could not finish her work. Nobody is perfect errors happen, but I think there is a diferent measuring these things for Windows as for Linux. I really do not like that.

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