You are right about new particles messing up old projects.
Is it possible to work around it using Python?
Mar 1 2018
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Sep 28 2017
It doesn't work for me on the official release of 2.79
I suppose I have to open new bug report.
Jun 4 2017
The title is based on initial observations.
It is definitely a bug so I will leave it to developers to figure it out.
Jun 3 2017
Decided to play with the texture node before plugging it into Scale offset
Please try with a build from builder.blender.org/download
Sorry about that!
Do you mean like this?
Yes, that's the setup that crashes Blender.
It was mentioned from another user I just replicated it on my machine.
Jun 2 2017
Oct 15 2015
Can you confirm that this doesn't happen for low-res images? (100x100 or so).