Background Image Issue

I’ve been using blender for about a year now.
I am using Ubuntu Linux as the operating system. I updated recently to the new release Gusty Gibbon and since then I have been unable to load a background image. Also I am now using the blender 2.44.

Heres what happens. I go to background image and I go through the directory and find the image I want and select it. Once the directory closes theres the little box floating in the grid but it does not contain any image information nor does this image show up in the background. I have tried this with many pictures varying in formats.

I don’t know if its a compatibility issue or maybe theres an added step since the update.

Any help would be appreciated and if you need more information please feel free to ask. Thanks.