i5 4460 16gb ram 24 gb Swap
Operating system and graphics card
Linux Mint 17.3 Kernel 4.4.0-97
Asus Nvidia 1050 TI OC Expedition 4GB VRAM
Broken: 2.79 5bd8ac9abfa,
Worked: all versions of 2.78
Short description of error
Blender 2.79 GUI is freezing partly or in total when loading EXR as Texture Files. This problem is reproducable with all EXR Files no Matter of used Compression ( ZIP 1 Line , Zip 16 Lines, PIZ, DWA, RLE)
Also Blender consume the entire workload of the CPU just for loading a single 24mb file.
I added a video to show the problem. the interface freezes like in the video showed.
Exact steps for others to reproduce the error
Based on a (as simple as possible) attached .blend file with minimum amount of steps