Ok, so I got everything installed. Some observations
-Original sources.list was quite bare. Restored from Backup.list and it worked.
*was able to get xbindkeys and xautomation via apt get
*making the config was easy. copying it to the named directory was bit harder due to it being outside the home directory. same for 'lmce_launch_manager.sh' do you have an easier way to do that? I eventually figured out the shell commands to copy them from the home directory back to usr/pluto/bin and /etc/ respectively.
*restarted, but no dice.
do i need xbindkeysconfig?
Solved - Small note in your howto. the file created in etc/ is xbindkeysrc and the file it looks for on startup is xbindkeys. Once i changed that, it was working and im configuring the mouse buttons now!
2 people is good enough for adding to the wiki I think, as long as we clarify for noobies like me the best method for editing files as root.