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sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
twice on my LMDE installation. In the past, it worked without problems, upgrading my kernel to the 2.6.38 version. I ran this command because I read an interview with clem in which he recommends this update method.
Anyway, the first time it worked fine. The 2nd, another kernel update, to the 2.6.39-2-pae version. The PAE (Physical Address Extension) is actually not important for me, because I'm running on a netbook. But the update didn't install the headers associated to this kernel, and gave a warning about possible unsupported devices and drivers. I manually install the headers, but the USB controllers end up with some problems, being unable to recognize my digital camera when I plug it through the USB cable, or recognize the SD memory when I insert it into the SD reader slot. These features were working fine in the previous kernel. The good thing is that I got Firefox 4.
I run the dist-upgrade today, with the hope that it will install missing files so I can plug my camera again. However, it just install updates to gcc, CUPS, imagemagick and the gnome-terminal. Now, I am receiving this message every time I open a terminal
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*** VTE ***: Failed to load terminal capabilities from '/etc/termcap'
and my terminal does not work anymore. It opens, show the error message, then the "fortune | cowsay" output, and then the prompt. I can type, but I cannot press ENTER, so it does not do anything
I think I will try a more stable linux. Maybe the regular Mint instead of the LMDE, or maybe Fedora 15. But in the meanwhile, I need my terminal. Any advices? Everything else seems to work, and I have an old instance of the terminal opened previous to the update that still works