13.12 64-bit: Launchpad 404's, Network Time Still Broken

The 13.12 64-bit RC installed here on a ThinkPad W530 running the Intel graphics with one little anomaly: The DVD booted up to “Kubuntu” before eventually displaying that rather nice “Welcome” screen.

Initially ran the updates with no issues. Now, after allowing “Software Sources” to select the best “Base(Saucy)” mirror (leaving the Netrunner PPA alone), Apt is showing, both in Software Sources and via ‘sudo apt-get update’ ,404’s for launchpad.net and complaining it can’t verify the key:

Err http://ppa.launchpad.net saucy/main amd64 Packages                                                                                                                   
  404  Not Found
Err http://ppa.launchpad.net saucy/main i386 Packages                                                                                                                    
  404  Not Found
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net saucy/main Translation-en_US                                                                                                                
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net saucy/main Translation-en                                                                                                                   
Fetched 316 B in 7s (43 B/s)                                                                                                                                             
W: GPG error: http://ppa.launchpad.net saucy Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 2836CB0A8AC93F7A
W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/netrunner-os/saucy/ubuntu/dists/saucy/main/binary-amd64/Packages  404  Not Found

W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/netrunner-os/saucy/ubuntu/dists/saucy/main/binary-i386/Packages  404  Not Found

E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

Could easily be network or server problems. I’ll try again later.

Also see that we still can’t opt for network time in the Time & Date settings panel. This problem has been around in KDE for a long time. (Unmaintained package?) The panel didn’t crash, though, on ‘Apply’, but it did display a “can’t authorize” message. (It didn’t prompt for a password.) Maybe upstream should just disable it if it isn’t going to be repaired.

Like the ‘Welcome’ screen. Like the default background. Like the default styling and theming. Like the new Kicker menu.

[Later: Also seeing this:

Fontconfig warning: "/etc/fonts/conf.d/50-user.conf", line 14: reading configurations from ~/.fonts.conf is deprecated.

Believe fonts.conf wants to be in ~/.fontconfig these days.]

The 404s are simple configuration errors in the software sources tool which writes wrong urls for the repo. (This will be addressed by a new version)
The gpg error is new to me. Might be also a configuration issue I need to take a look at it. Thanks for reporting.

This is indeed a long standing bug caused by the ntpd Daemon which runs in the background and blocks the ntpd commands by the kde clock settings. Workaround would be getting rid of ntpd and using rdate as alternative.
It needs still to be checked if this is a reasonable way for Netrunner to workaround this problem for the final release.

Thanks for your feedback.