New SO new Blender install, cant edit hair

New SO install Ubuntu 14 with fresh Blender 2.7 install
When i enter particle edit mode none of the tools work

different models
new and old files
different objects-settings


none works
had this problem since Ubuntu 13.04 and Blender 2.68, even the Blender install from Ubuntu sofware center do not work for hair editing…was hoping to solve this in a fresh install of everything on my pc…but no

Ubuntu 14.04 (and 2 versions before)
Blender 2.68(+)
16Gb RAM
Phenom [email protected]
Radeon 6770

edit works only in wireframe view…
the screencast of my problem