Thanks samac - I took a scattergun approach and banged in a few things gcc and glibc. That got me past that error. Now I'm on to the manageable stuff
skype: error while loading shared libraries: libsqlite3.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
Acroread actually started, but threw a comic book ful of errors. It is pretty unusable, but it's telling me why. While they're complaining, you can fix it :-).