ok, i convinced apt-get to get the latest afterstep. it pulled in 38 meg last night. in the process i think it also upgraded my XFree to 4.1. at start time it crashes saying that"can't find file or directory /etc/X11/X. there is a XF86Config in /etc/X11 but there are not any of the normal setup utils in /usr/X11/bin. i'm very open to suggestion right now.