Meltdown & Spectre Patches Causing Boot Issues for Ubuntu 16.04 Computers

Found on Bleeping Computer on Wednesday, 10 January 2018
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The issues were reported by a large number of users on the Ubuntu forums, Ubuntu's Launchpad bug tracker, and Reddit thread. Only Ubuntu users running the Xenial 16.04 series appear to be affected.

A Canonical spokesperson was not available for comment on the issue, but two new Ubuntu 16.04 updates with Linux kernel image 4.4.0-109 were released two hours before this article's publication.

Does nobody even bother to test patches anymore? They hurry so much to release an update that the entire testing and quality checking process is skipped.