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Xbox update shuts out Linux

An automatic update for the Xbox removes a bug that allowed users to run Linux on their machines.

Microsoft is updating Live-enabled Xboxes with a software patch that blocks users from installing the Linux operating system on the machine. According to the Xbox Linux Project it apparently deletes some files Linux users have stored on the Xbox’s hard drive.

The update fixes a flaw in the Xbox Dashboard (its startup menu), which Linux enthusiasts had used to install the OS without the need for modifying the console’s hardware.

Ordinarily, the console will not run software that has not been approved by Microsoft.

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