I've installed RC2 on my Turion laptop, whose history with Linux is troubled but has been improving. I thought the issues were fixed with RC 1.7. Alas, they're back with RC2.
Sound is not working--AGAIN! It seems it gets fixed in one beta or RC and is broken again in the next one.
The problem is the same as always: it looks like sound is playing (dancing bars in XMMS) but there is no sound from the speakers. If I start xmms from the command line, there are no error messages. In Xine the file simply didn't play at all. Mixer sound levels are all adjusted and not muted. This is SigmaTel HDA CODEC/STAC9200. This is SOOOO frustrating!
Next problem: VLwifi configures my WPA wireless very nicely and I can use my browser right after running VLwifi (as I am now). However, although I checked "connect at boot" or whatever the option is, it doesn't survive a reboot. I have to go through the entire configuration every time. I don't have to go through the whole "load a driver in ndiswrapper" thing, but from that point on I have to do the whole routine every time--ESSID, WPA password, addresses (I used fixed IP and specific DNS addresses). In RC1.7 once I got the thing going, it connected again on the next boot. So VLwifi is very good and very easy at setting up the wireless connection, but for some reason it can't survive a reboot.
On the plus side, I was able to install the default kernel without hanging. That was an issue before RC 1.7, maybe even 1.3. It's all starting to blur.
As for the "Start" button, I hate it! It's ugly and I can't even tell what it is except for some kind of eyes. Hey, are you all using 640x480? On a modern resolution the icon is too small to know what it's supposed to be. Also, the default font sizes are WAY too small. Even with qtconfig and adjustments in XFce's Settings Manager, I still get type so small that I can barely make it out on some screens that don't comply with qtconfig or XFce settings. I notice xorg.conf's monitor section has a
DisplaySize 338 211 # 96 DPI @ 1280x800
line. It seems there should be a way to have that adjusted to 120 DPI as in Windows' Large Fonts. Hey, I haven't used 96 DPI since I got a 1024x768 monitor way back in the last century! Being able to set the font default at 120 DPI instead of 96 would make all the fonts larger at the outset with the same opportunities to customize the font sizes as we have now.
Anyway, I hope a fix for my sound is forthcoming.