Apple last night removed Mac OS X 10.2.8 update from its servers following reported Ethernet problems.

An Apple statement released to MacCentral reads: "We have temporarily removed the Mac OS X 10.2.8 software update while we resolve an issue affecting Ethernet networking on small number of Power Mac G4 desktop systems. We anticipate that the issue will be resolved soon."

The problem has affected some Power Mac G4s, disabling Ethernet networking. Apple presently has no advice for affected users.

MacCentral suggests it is possible to regain Ethernet connectivity by reinstalling the AppleGMACEthernet.kext file using Terminal. This fix is not presently supported by Apple, and the installation is better suited to experienced Mac users.

In March, Apple's OS X 10.2.4 update also caused problems on some systems, chiefly reducing iBook battery life. Apple later released a more stable update.

In a Macworld Online reader poll at the time, just 55 per cent of readers said they trusted Apple's updates, installing them straight away. Others advised caution: "I advise my clients to wait a week before applying any updates," a Mac engineer wrote.

Another reader suggested: "I only ever apply updates from stand-alone installers, instead of using Software Update. This is mainly because there's more feedback from stand-alone installers. Also, I always apply the Combo updates, which seem to work better and so far, have never caused the problems others have experienced from non-combo updates."

Take part in this week's reader poll, where we try to ascertain how Macworld Online readers deal with new updates (see link to the left). Readers can also let us know what they think, or what experiences they have had with Apple updates on the Macworld Forum.