Ladies & Gentlemen
Thanks for all the help you have been to me through all the setup and configuration issues I have had since I started using Linux.
You guessed it, I have another issue. This time it involves my taskbar. I have just gotten my gui up and running. This is a new install of Debian Etch. I prefer KDE to Gnome and so installed it, as it is not installed by default. I did use the kde-base package to try to get a working desktop with reasonable success.
I didn't get the pager that switchs between desktops on my taskbar. I have tried to install it but get an error that it can't be installed. I have reinstalled the kpager package which didn't help.
Another issue which may be related is that the apps I launch don't show on the task bar. If I minimize them they are gone and the only way I know of to then close them is via the Task Manager.
If I try to access the taskbar via the Control Center I get a message that:
The specified library taskbar could not be found.
The diagnostics is:
libXcompasite.so.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
An error occurred during your last KDE upgrade leaving an orphaned control module.
You have old third party modules lying around.
This is a new install so I doubt that it is a third party module and more likely that the install didn't do something right. Synaptic doesn't report any orphaned packages.
I am able to install other applets to the taskbar, like the Control Center or system monitors. The “Taskbar” applet won't install either.
There is the possibility that I did something to the taskbar with that “touchtap select” thing in the touchpad before I got it turned off. I don't think I did, but I may have.
Another issue that may be related is that I can't change the buttons on the mouse (touchpad) to left handed. This worked OK in Gnome, and I wonder if having it set left handed when I installed KDE caused this malfunction. I have relaunched Gnome and changed it back to right handed and then changed it again in KDE without success.
I have not found any thing yet via Google to help with the taskbar problem. The mouse thing isn't that important.
Well hey thanks.