Finally been bitten in the butt for playing with the development release of the new Ubuntu Linux distro… Hot on the heels of blowing up my Nintendo DS I downloaded the latest patches to the new linux release. As it required an update to udev and the kernel I decided it would be best to reboot to try the new kernel image and get udev to recreate all the required device nodes. Upon rebooting X didn’t work, it couldn’t start any devices. Basically it was screwed, a problem in udev meant none of the device nodes were being created. I was given a command prompt and no way of fixing it!!! Until I visited the ubuntu forums and saw several other people with the same problem. Basically if you had a laptop that required devices started then there was likely to be a problem. After a quick bit of reading up I found it was possible to get the system up and running again just by re-installing the previous version of udev. I had been close to sticking in a copy of the previous version of the system 5.04 (Hoary) and starting from scratch, but one command later I was back up and running. On rebooting everything started fine although the version of the Kernel was not the most stable so I have reverted to the previous version of that too. I am now going to hold back on any more updates until the offical release of Breezy. Was it any coincidence that the version of udev that failed was 13???