>> > Your own predicament sounds worse than mine, so I won't criticize your choices > about admin privileges being shared by more than one person. Not an ideal > situation, I know. But timewise it made not much difference in this situation, and it in fact the only computer I shared the admin rights. And yes ideal wnt down the tubes in this case, the moment I broke my leg... > > I was trying to help you avoid a total system reinstallation, but sometimes > that's the only way. I guess so. At least time wise in this situation. The original idea was to keep it simple for my (old) mum and give her KD3 "forever". Sadly in the early time, that didn't worked out with trinity (not to be understood as a complain, it was just not ready at that moment). > > As I point out in my "quick & dirty" method, I avoid these problems by saving > the packages to an external drive, then use dpkg to install them when > necessary. In the beginning of KDE4 I thought I might use trinity myself, but went more "spartan" some time ago by using fluxbox. And since I learned, that this "special" user tends to forget things anyway, I use anydesk now to solve problems, which are the same anyway and are NOT depending on which DE is used, so maybe I just use software from the official repros to avoid trouble like this.