My new box is working fine. It's a PIII 900MHz. I wish I could have afforded that juicy Athlon 1.2GHz but money is short currently :-/
The only thing that did not work was that bloody PCTel modem, but this is not a real problem since Brasil Telecomm has promissed me they'll install my ADSL connection early next week.
Meanwhile, I am back at porting Synaptic to KDE. I am also modifying it now to allow me to try an idea I have had for a KDE installer/upgrader:
Synaptic theoretically would work in any RPM- and DEP-based distribution, covering almost every big distribution in the market (Slackware would be out, I guess). When the user launches the Synaptic-base KDE installer, it will check which distro the user is running and send this information to a server (something like install.kde.org). In the server, a simple daemon responds with the appropriate Apt package source corresponding to the user distro. This would have the great advantage of freeing our bandwidth, since we would point to a source from the distro vendor. Also, it would allow distributions to more easily update their own packages everytime they need to do so.