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[2.6.22.12.18] an example of the incredible power of Open Source

I have been running Linux for 6 months on my Thinkpad, and very happy with it.  I had my first example of what could have been, something of a crisis last night.

Every 6 months Xubuntu Linux upgrades, and thats October. Last night a fairly significant upgrade popped up involving the part of the core with the name of 2.6.22.12.18, so I carried on as normal, and installed.  Then the crisis … wireless and some fonts were not working.  But this is Linux … so I rebooted to the earlier version. [Linux always keeps the last two versions available in case of emergencies]

Out of interest I checked the official Linux forums, and the activity became quite frenzied, with many reports of the issues, people reporting their log files, and within minutes it was raised as a bug.  It was late so off to bed.  This morning, several updates awaited, which installed perfectly, and now my trusty machine is running better than ever.

The message for me was beyond the quality of the operating system, which I won’t bore you with here, or even the peace of mind knowing the previous version is always there.  The message for me was the community responsiveness, and the enthusiasm and willingness to leave no stone unturned until it was corrected.  Corrected in less than 12 hours, and who knows in which time zone I might add.

Written by Colin Henderson

October 6, 2007 at 10:28

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