> At any rate, as long as the underlying libraries are installed on your
> computer, you can run Gnome software on a KDE desktop, and vice-versa.
> They're using different underlying libraries, but the end result is still an
> X11 client, no matter which routines it goes through to generate the
> graphics.
> Hope that helps clarify...

Yes, now I understand the layering and that was the piece I was missing.

I still don't know what was wrong with the prior install, but now that
I've downloaded and recompiled all is well.  Very frustrating but at
least I can breath easier now.  I was afraid I was going to lose 2 days
worth of compiling and configuration (the problem with Gentoo is it
takes a long time to get everything up and running, nothing is

Thanks for all your help and patience, James too.


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