For the last 4 years I’ve been running Mint 17.3 and KiCad worked fine.
A few weeks ago I switched to Debian Testing / Buster and after that I can not run PCBnew anymore. EEschem seems unaffected. Often PCBnew crashes immediately after startup, sometimes only after [F9], [F11], [F12] A few times. ( [F12] seems to crash more often then the other canvases).
When PCBnew crashes, it often takes the whole desktop with it, to a point that no text in any program or the main menu is readable anymore. It also crashed a few times so far, that the keyboard does not react anymore to [NumLock], and I have to resort to holding the powerbutton for 5s for a hard power down.
It seems to be related to the “Wayland Bug”:
I’m not sure whether to report this to launchpad, or to a Debian bug list somewhere, because it effects the whole GUI and system stability.
A screenshot from after one of the crashes:
I also tried “Default Xsession” before logging in, as I thought this might turn of Wayland, but this does not prevent PCBnew from crashing.
The PC is an old dualcore E6550 from 2008, which I upgraded with a SSD and new video card a few years ago.
04:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GT218 [GeForce 210] (rev a2)
Linux dualcore 4.15.0-2-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.15.11-1 (2018-03-20) x86_64 GNU/Linux
Version: 4.0.7+dfsg1-1 release build
wxWidgets: Version 3.0.3 (debug,wchar_t,compiler with C++ ABI 1011,GCC 7.2.0,wx containers,compatible with 2.8)
Platform: Linux 4.15.0-2-amd64 x86_64, 64 bit, Little endian, wxGTK
Boost version: 1.62.0
Curl version: libcurl/7.58.0 OpenSSL/1.0.2o zlib/1.2.8 libidn2/2.0.4 libpsl/0.20.1 (+libidn2/2.0.4) libssh2/1.8.0 nghttp2/1.31.0 librtmp/2.3