This looks to be a wonderful release. Thanks to all devs for the hard work and long hours that have gone into making this a fresh and current release. Nothing major to report here but I'll throw in a few things I always like to have from the get-go. These are ALL just personal preferences - none of which are major issues - and all can be resolved easily by the user or from gslapt. I just figured I'd mention them in case they were meant to be there but were overlooked.
1) Opera 10 has flash 9 installed by default. Having the latest flash 10 would be better, IMO. I've posted a method that works to have the latest flash with the latest opera and it works in this Beta as well. I've found that copying the files or symlinks work equally well.
Copying 7 seamonkey lib files, or creating symlinks, from one location to another, as root:
ln -s /usr/lib/seamonkey/libnss3.so libnss3.so
ln -s /usr/lib/seamonkey/libssl3.so libssl3.so
ln -s /usr/lib/seamonkey/libnspr4.so libnspr4.so
ln -s /usr/lib/seamonkey/libsmime3.so libsmime3.so
ln -s /usr/lib/seamonkey/libplds4.so libplds4.so
ln -s /usr/lib/seamonkey/libplc4.so libplc4.so
ln -s /usr/lib/seamonkey/libnssutil3.so libnssutil3.so
2) It would be nice to have our VL-specific tools (VasmCC, Gslapt, etc) located in the 'Favorites' by default.
3) Gambas2 is installed but does not show in the KDE menu
4) My personal opinion is that the KDE menu 'V' logo is too subtle, especially when compared to the brightly colored devices, pidgin, and firefox logos next to it.
5) There is no file browser option located in the (for lack of a better term) 'quick launch' area of the panel. I always like to have one there - dolphin maybe.
6) I liked the 'Browser' option that, upon first use, asked the user which internet browser they wanted to use as their default browser. I recall seeing it in the alphas but it has disappeared in this beta.
7) A lightweight, graphical plaintext editor is always handy to have around. Something as simple as mousepad or with additional functionality like geany. I know there's always nano but a graphical application is nice for some.
This particular issue is strange, and I cannot figure out why. I'll need to test this a bit more.
--For whatever reason, I cannot get VMware to install B1. It can boot from the CD (i.e. ISO mounted as cdrom). Installer starts up just fine, but the installer cannot find the installation source (cdrom) drive. It's a virtual IDE cdrom drive according to VMware, but no hdX devices are listed in /dev when the desktop and installer load. Up until about the latest Alpha I never had problems with VMware finding the installation source. Anyone else having this issue?
I'll keep playing and see if I can come up with anything else. Again, these are all just things that _I_ like to have from the get-go; others may not.
I almost forgot: I hope that this release does not go final without our classic text installer. There are bound to be folks that cannot install via the gui installer and we need to have an alternative for them. My recollection is that the final release is meant to have the classic ncurses installer, and I hope that's still the plan.