After Ubuntu was randomly refusing to load on my laptop, I returned to Debian.
Netinst disc, an hour on 2MBps link and we are here – mixed Debian testing/unstable with KDE, Cinelerra, Kino, gEDA an a lot of ‘standart’ stuff.
The problems were:

  • missing one of Debian package keys, although ‘debian-archive-keyring’ is the latest version;
  • the empty KDE control center. The solution was not so simple. Seems like Debian control package is missing a file: post forums.Debian.net

    The solution is to create /etc/xdg/menus/applications-merged/kde-essential.menu file with the following content:

     <!DOCTYPE Menu PUBLIC "-//freedesktop//DTD Menu 1.0//EN"
    "http://www.freedesktop.org/standards/menu-spec/1.0/menu.dtd">
    
    <Menu>
    <!-- The following menus are hidden by default -->
    <Menu>
    <Name>Settings</Name>
    <Directory>kde-settings.directory</Directory>
    <MergeFile>../kde-settings.menu</MergeFile>
    </Menu>
    <Menu>
    <Name>Information</Name>
    <Directory>kde-information.directory</Directory>
    <MergeFile>../kde-information.menu</MergeFile>
    </Menu>
    <Move>
    <Old>Settings/Information</Old><New>Information</New>
    </Move>
    <Menu>
    <Name>System</Name>
    <Menu>
    <Name>ScreenSavers</Name>
    <Directory>kde-system-screensavers.directory</Directory>
    <MergeFile>../kde-screensavers.menu</MergeFile>
    </Menu>
    </Menu>
    </Menu>
    
  • libxaw8 library is missing fro the repisitory, so ngspice from zerobeat.in is not installing.
  • usbmgr for some reason is not installed by default, so USB mouse does not work. And yes, please dot’t use ‘usbmouse’ module on a rush;)