It seems I have again an Internet connection.
Nightflier I will take that beer.
I once upgraded from 5.8 to 5.9 using my technique with mc.
I got all going correctly except xterm which now I know was due to the
settings in .Xdefaults.
As for upgrading kernels I just was forced to do it after my sound modules would
not load any longer with 18.104.22.168 and with no help on the horizon.
So now I am using kernel-22.214.171.124-smp
and had only to upgrade gcc and gcc++ in order that .configure will work
when installing programs. Otherwise all runs fine.
That reminds me: any chance that we can unpack soon .txz files with VL-6?