Oh dear. This being the Memorial Day holiday, it's time for me to take the bull by the horns and reinstall everything on my laptop from scratch. Reinstall Linux, that is. Time to move to Mandriva 2010.
The install itself shouldn't take long. It's downloading all those endless updates, and then going in and editing various config files by hand to get my system back to its customized what-I'm-used-to. Plus unraveling what they changed and didn't bother to document this time. I'll be at it all day, no doubt.