This is how it happened. I was trying to install Beryl on my beautiful, customized Mint. Since I can't get Internet on Linux, I have to use Windows to download every single .deb package that I need by hand (crazy business).
So pretty much most of the time you open a package, it tells you that the dependencies are not satisfied (some stupid file that you forgot to download).
You restart the computer, boot to Windows, download the darn thing, boot back into Linux, and so on. Very annoying and time consuming process. Let's just say that.
Well, this time, it was one of those packages that was supposed to get my libcairo2 working which was supposed to get my beryl-plugins working which was supposed to get beryl-core working. So I open the file, it installs, then tells me that the dependencies are broken. Ok, I go to the terminal, do sudo apt-get install -f Tells me a bunch of stuff... blah blah blah, continue? [Y,n]. Y. Oops. Guess what, after I typed in Y my dear Linux started killing itself. First, it deleted a bunch of weird files I never even seen, then I started recognizing familiar names... gnome-panel, gnome-session, gedit, amarok, firefox-gnome-support, etc.
OH NO! Icons began disappearing off the panel! The mintMenu won't start!
Next thing you know, the dumb thing is done suiciding. Ok, I try to reboot the computer. Oh wait! I almost forgot, since everything has been just removed, there is no possible way to get the shutdown menu. Great. Just hold the power button for a few seconds. Reboot, Linux is now officially a dark screen with absolutely nothing on it. Thanks, stupid package, you ruined everything.
I guess I could have chosen no instead of yes, but that would mean that I wouldn't be able to either install or remove any of the software.
Hopeful of your happy experience with Linux, Nick Tsyukalo