Am on VL6 SOHO Alpha2 right now!!
The standard installer (the one you type "linux" (no quotes) to get kernel panicked. I was trying it because the graphical installer always left me with a black monitor in VL6 Gold. HOWEVER, after the text installer failed in this SOHO, I gave the GUI installer a try, and it works now!! Kudos; there must have been some improvements to the GUI installer.
Installation failed to load the proprietary NVIDIA driver. There was some error message about tree and kernel source. Wish I had written it down. BUT, I ran VASMCC after the install and redone my Xwindow, and this time it sucessfully loaded the NVIDIA driver and it is working fine
Also many of the desktop effects are working now, such as exploding windows and fall apart windows, etc. I have VL6 Gold on another partition and I had upgraded it to KDE 4.22, and none of the effects worked, so the KDE 432 in SOHO is much improved.
LILO. I have always used LILO with good results, however it was nice to see the option for GRUB in the GUI installer as well. Something went awry with my initial installation and I had no network card and no sound card. However after reinstalling LILO from my VL 6 Gold Disk, my sound and network in SOHO now work. Yay
WICD. Had to manually enter the text "eth0" no quotes in the Wired Interface under Preferences in WICD to get it to see my connection so I could connect. Don't recall ever having to do that in WICD before; could be an issue for Linux newbies (I'm fairly newbie myself, but learning quickly, 'cause Linux rules and is fun learning!)
I like the Add to Desktop feature when you right-click on a menu item; easier than dragging it to the desktop, but is there a way to get that feature to create a link and not a widget? KDE3 has this down, would like to see similiar functionality in KDE4.
Problem with custom sounds in KDE4: Here is problem I have noticed in every distro that has any version of KDE4. Ever since I found the Knoppix sounds in VL6 Light (the "initializing" wavs) I have ported them to other distros of Linux and even to Window$ (don't hate me; I'm almost weaned off of Redmond software)
Anyway, whenever I set the "initializing shutdown sequence" wav sound for KDE exiting, it always clips it off after the first syllable; won't play the whole thing. Have not yet tried converting the sound to ogg, however the wavs work perfect in KDE3 without clipping or truncating. Might be a KDE4 issue in general; I will post it to their site as well.
Well, in recap, it took some 2nd tries on some of the configuration, but this SOHO is up and running at least BETA quality, even though it wears the Alpha label. It seems stable, web surfing works great. Have to manually browse to usr/bin/okular to get Firefox to open PDFs without saving them. Can't wait for the final SOHO release. The SOHO's are always my favorites.
Test Machine Specs:
BioStar K8 VGA-M Motherboard
AMD Athlon 3400+ cpu
2 gig PC3200 DDR
250 gig Seagate SATA drive
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 AGP