Blender 2.55b problems

I didn’t really know where to post this here message. Anyways, in Blender 2.55b, on Linux, I cant seem to open any picture file. Background image, UV editor, etc… As You may or may not notice, I am in need of help.

Upgrade to 2.56. In the past there were bugs with images. Report back please and let us know if this helps.

I’ve been running 2.56a and it’s more stable than the previous versions but I keep losing my user preferences - add-ons specifically. Example, I’m using the dynamic spacebar menu - every time I start a new project or open another, I lose that add-on function. THe checkbox is still checked in the add-on menu but I have to uncheck it and recheck it to get the function back…

Any thoughts?