[clug] xkbcomp problems (and more)

Simon Burton simon at arrowtheory.com
Mon Oct 11 18:36:17 GMT 2004

Hi all,

My friend Arnold is 70 years of age. He recently (6 months ago) started to use computers,
and, most impressively, ditched windows for linux. He is now useing email/mozilla/IM/VOIP(skype)
etc. etc. to talk to his friends around the world. His health has improved greatly
due to this new lease on life. I have became his friend in the course of helping him
with the various problems that come up in maintaining a linux box.
I have new appreciation for the complexity of a linux system, and i think
what Arnold has done is quite heroic really. Because he lives in a semi-remote
location I can't just visit him, but i've taught him what "local address" is
and so I can ssh into his box when he's online and fix/install this and that.
Keep in mind that Arnold can barely type, let alone comprehend and do a 
"ln -s libcrypto.so.0.9.6 libcrypto.so.0; ldconfig".

So, he rings me tonight. His machine is broke again. When he does a "startx" (xdm died
some time ago) he reports problems associated with xkbcomp, and the X server is stopped. 
We did some telephone tinkering, but I really have no idea. He is useing mandrake 10.

I'm upset that Arnold is now thinking of quiting computers all together!
We all know what it's like; I told him to calm down. I won't be able to
visit Arnold for a week or more, so any help much appreciated.

Another possibility: how does one start ppp on the command line, so I could do some
remote tinkering ? Still, even if he went online, I wonder how I could get his local address.

Finally, if anyone else is as impressed as I am by Arno's drive, you can send an
email of support/encouragement to astruz at bigbond dot com.

bye for now,


Simon Burton, B.Sc.
Licensed PO Box 8066
ANU Canberra 2601
Ph. 61 02 6249 6940

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