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Linux update becomes terminal pain

SecurityFocus writes about that many users of Ubuntu found themselves on Tuesday thrown back to mid-1990s, when a botched update to the graphical X Window subsystem forced them to use command-line terminal.
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Despite the distributed programming model of open-source projects, catastrophic errors in patches are rare. The companies and groups behind most Linux distributions extensively test software updates, said Holger Dyroff, vice president of marketing for Novell's SUSE Linux group.

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