Probably after auto-updating Kubuntu (12.04), something broke. A friend’s machine, so I couldn’t do an in-depth debugging, instead needing a quick, DTSTTCPW fix. KDM does work, we get a login screen, but then an empty X root window, or later, probably a crash that takes us back to KDM.
The first step is, obviously, Googling.
- Googling doesn’t produce a conclusive answer, or a known bug, just similar, ancient, reports.
- Reinstalling kubuntu-desktop solves the problem — desktop now loads. Weirdly, this adds two “plasma” options to KDM’s menu which previously only offered “default” and “failsafe”. This was apparently the solution in two recent (2012-07) reports in KubuntuForums, blank screen after updates, and another, titled similarly.
- Wanted to try GNOME anyway, but, which package(s) to install? ubuntu-desktop (meta, depends on everything), gnome-desktop-environment (meta, depends on applications), gnome (not installed with Unity?).
apt-get install ubuntu-desktopfails with “E: unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages”. WTF?
apt-get checkdoesn’t report any such problems. And this installs successfully from GUI.
- Dynamic IP: daemon to sync DNS at DynDNS.com.
- krdc, or VNC, RDP, NX…