Hi John A and thank you for all of those links.
An update to what I complained about yesterday...while I was trying to work on all of this, the desktop continued to be sluggish, even though I thought it was back to normal response after last devel update. I was wrong. So, I decided to revert back to KDE 4.5.5 desktop but, as there is no History Manager in this Pardus version, I manually tried to reinstall the package. Obviously I didn't re-install the correct dependencies and Long story short, I broke my system. I'm good to go now after a fresh reinstall.
Another point that was solved was the grayed out 'Wired' in NetworkManager>Network Connections. This was purely my fault. I restarted computer, went into BIOS and enabled LAN. I keep this disabled as I don't use a LAN/Ethernet/DSL modem as it isn't available here. Once I enabled it though, upon log in, the NetworkManager applet now showed as an RJ connector and I clicked on it and Wired, VPN, and DSL were now reachable. Silly me, I thought 'wired' was also for land-line dial up, but it is not. Obviously not, as there was on place to enter a telephone number. I felt like 'Duh'! But I live and learn. So, with that mystery solved, (Oh how I wish I could create an alternative to Network Manager!-they need some healthy competition). I am now ready to try again to use altnernative free nameservers. I was able to do this easily enough last year without them being reset each time on reboot, so something has changed.
To check what they are after dialing in, I use command:
Time to reinstall necessary updates. Good thing I saved them on my handy Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex drive.
I'll look over your links in a bit and if I solve this, I'll certainly let you know.
Update: The KDE KPPP how to is consice, and that is where I've been having the problem, but it does show how the manually ad nameservers and disable existing ones. Problem is, that when I click OK, the resolv.conf file is still the same. Normally, it will append the added servers in resolv.conf file and state next to them, something like, "kppp added". It's not doing it this time, and I assume it is because of permissions for resolve.conf owned by root, and only root can r/w to it.
After doing some searching, changing the permissions such as this
is not the way to go about it.
Instead, it appears I need to figure out how to edit a certain file as is suggested here
I should be happy with Pardus nameservers, especially after I read things like this