Harmful translation changes interfere with the launch of Ubuntu 23.10

Harmful translation changes interfere with the launch of Ubuntu 23.10:Within hours, Ubuntu was compelled to remove the 23.10 ISO

On October 12, Ubuntu users received the 23.10 upgrade, also known as Mantic Minotaur, but only for a short period of time before the ISO files were taken down from the website.

In a message posted on the X platform, the founder of the Linux distribution stated: “We have identified hate speech from a malicious contributor in some of our translations submitted as part of a third party tool outside of the Ubuntu Archive.”

The malicious hijackers that attacked the Ukrainian translation file totally escaped detection, which prompted Ubuntu to conduct a detailed investigation.

hours after launch, Ubuntu pulls the release


The file featured statements on politics, sexuality, and current events and utilised “crude, provocative, and highly inflammatory” language, according to Joey Sneddon of OMG Ubuntu, who translated the inappropriate text from a GitHub repository, prompting Ubuntu’s nearly immediate action.

Ubuntu stated: “We want to take additional time for a broader audit before making it officially available.” in another X post noting that the content has been corrected.

The operating system later disclosed on its own website that users upgrading from earlier versions or using the Ubuntu Desktop Legacy ISO were unaffected and that only installation through the Live CD environment was affected.

Ubuntu stated this in reference to its code of conduct: “It’s unfortunate when that path of collaboration is undermined and used as a mechanism of social aggression.”

Users can look forward to adopting Mantic Minotaur’s new features because Ubuntu claims it has no reason to suspect that their systems or data have been compromised.

A new App Centre, the most recent GNOME desktop environment, and a variety of security and performance improvements are all promised in this release. Additionally, Ubuntu 23.10 supports the most recent Raspberry Pi 5.

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