Okay, I finally downloaded Beta 2.8. Here are some of the things that I noticed (In no particular order).• Spelling:
You are working as dweeberkitty
Frequently used programs:
Configuration : vasm
File manager : mc (press F2 for usefull menu)
Editor : mcedit, vi
Multimedia : alsamixer, play
localuser:root being added to access control list
Watch your spelling! "usefull" should be spelled like this: "useful"
Also, get rid of the last line there: "localuser:root being added to access control list"• Terminal:
The current default terminal is nice, but it is horribly slow. Especially on older machines. I don't notice anything on my desktop, but on my laptop it seems to take forever to load. Changing the default terminal from 'Terminal' to 'xterm' makes a huge difference. • HAL:
HAL works great now! Cool!• Browser testbed:
Everything works except PDF files are not displayed within Seamonkey or Firefox. They both think it's just a download.• Vector Documentation:
The VL documentation really needs to be updated. So does the README on the installer.• Lilo screen:
"Press Tab to Enter Boot Options" There needs to be some sort of artwork for this instead of a black screen. In fact, what would look best would be if the boot option input opened below the lilo screen. Also, is it possible that a sharper login screen could be made? No matter what monitor I display it on, it always looks pixelated and crummy. Not that the design is crummy but the visual quality certainly is. • Bootsplash:
The bootsplash looks better except that the Vector logo is not centered on the screen; it is too low. Also the progress bar refreshes every time it changes what it is doing.• KDM login:
The new look on the login screen looks better than before! However, I think it should be redesigned a little bit. Here's why: 1.
If one adds multiple users, then they all have to fit into that little tiny box that has to be scrolled. This makes it look ugly and cumbersome. I think that the login should be redesigned to make it easier to accommodate more users. 2.
The System and Session buttons only work on the right half of the buttons. In other words, they only 'light up' when your mouse goes over the right half. (Like to the 't' in System and the second 's' in Session) The left half of them does not work. 3.
After setting up my machine with a bunch of users, I found that there were a bunch of little links in my home folder that pointed to the users login pictures. This is not a very good place to put them. It clutters up ones home folder. Also, there needs to be an easy way to change ones login picture. 4.
There should be an "Enter" button on the login screen. Many people naturally look for it. I personally don't use it and just hit the enter key but there are many who look for the button and expect it to be there.
I'm not saying that the current login screen doesn't look nice. It does. I'm just saying that there are some 'physical' limitations to the design.• Mplayer:
Mplayer does not read files that have spaces in them. It gives an error. Renaming the file allows it to read it correctly. This did not happen for me in the 5.8 series.• Xfce on Laptop:
My little WinBook does not have a network card. I did not try to configure one. Here is what Xfce says to me when I try to login:
Could not look up internet address for vector.linux.net. This will prevent Xfce from operating correctly. It may be possible to correct the problem by adding vector.linux.net to the file /etc/hosts on your system.
Then it has two buttons "Continue anyway" and "Try again"• Laptop touchpad:
PLEASE oh PLEASE include an option for touchpads! I see that the Synaptics 0.14.6 driver is already installed. All it would take would be for a "touchpad" option in the mice section that would add some sections to the xorg.conf file. See here: http://gentoo-wiki.com/HARDWARE_Synaptics_Touchpad• Laptop logging out:
On my laptop, WinBook, logging out of the desktop (fluxbox or xfce or whatever) I get a black screen a lot of times. I have to switch to vt1 and then back to vt7 to get the login screen to show up. This doesn't happen all the time though. There have been many times where it has worked correctly.• Suspend and Standby:
Standby works like a charm. There's a button on my laptop for it and it works great. Suspend however is another story. I used to have VL 5.8 SOHO installed on this laptop. When I closed the laptop, it would automatically do a suspend. Now, with 5.9 installed, when I close the laptop, it doesn't do anything. When I open it again, the screen goes blank for a second and then comes back on. I have a suspend button on my laptop but it doesn't work so well. When I press it, it seems like it's suspending but when I press it again, I get nothing and have to switch terminals back and forth (like loging out sometimes) and then I suddenly get the login screen even though I used suspend while logged on. Other times, the computer will just freeze and be totally unresponsive. Nothing wakes it from it's eternal slumber. Until I pull the cord! The suspend button worked correctly in VL 5.8 SOHO.
Over all, this feels like the most stable and clean system yet! Keep up the good work!
P.S. In what version is the GUI installer going to be used? What's the progress on that?