I love it!
I installed beta 2 on my 1.3 GHz desktop, which has always been very Linux-friendly. For the first time, I was able to use a CD to install! MANY THANKS to the devs for fixing the problem, and many thanks also to the forum member who noticed that the problem was tied to VIA chipsets. That is the case with this computer and when I couldn't get my home-burned VL CD to boot with previous test versions, I assumed the CDRW/DVD combo drive was getting flaky and needed to be replaced. I really couldn't afford that right now, due to the poor economy that has reduced our retirement income by hundreds a month. So I was thrilled to discover that the problem was not with the drive but with the previous ISOs.
Being the conscientious tester that I am <g>, I used the graphical installer for the first time (it's not available under the hosted installs I used on previous VL6 test versions). Now, in "real life" I wouldn't use the GUI installer, preferring the always-reliable text version, but I did want to test it. The GUI installer worked reasonably well for me. I found under "Use existing partitions" (which I did) that the "Mount Point" option was confusing. If I had been a first-time user I would have been stumped. In the "About system partitioning in Linux" (from Help??? I've forgotten), I thought it came out too decisively for having a separate /home partition. As we know, this is a controversial topic. The disadvantage of having separate / and /home partitions is that if you guess wrong on the size, you have a not-simple task ahead unless you trust a lossless partitioning program. Even with the most reliable, you really do need to do a complete hard drive backup just in case the gremlins are triumphant this time. I also think a considerably larger size should be suggested for a / partition. People need ROOM for installing additional programs and libraries.
I missed the "check media" option in the GUI installer. Is it there?
I didn't see how to add more than one user. I generally set up three users in addition to root, so I added the other two through VASM after VL was installed.
My network setup (fixed IP addresses) didn't survive a reboot. The domain name didn't change but it lost the computer's IP address. I set it up again with VASM and it has been okay ever since.
I didn't like the wallpaper at all (to the surprise of noone who has read my messages on wallpaper<g>) but that was quickly changed. My favorite wallpaper is Deluxe-Sparkles-3.png from VL 5.9 Deluxe, which I copy over to every new version of VL. My VL6 now looks beautiful.
I was thoroughly confused by the Orage Clock that is now the default in the Panel. I DON'T WANT the seconds and there is no easy way to change it in the Properties for Orage Clock. I finally did a man strftime and had to do trial and error on those immensely confusing options before I got a simple digital time with hour, minute, AM and PM--nothing more. I had tried adding the plain old clock as offered in Add New Item, but I guess the numbers are black because it didn't show up against the black of the Panel. I've finally got the Orage Clock the way I want it, but it took a lot of doing.
AbiWord Help doesn't bring up anything. I'll have to see if the path is wrong, as it was in previous versions.
I installed four printers and they printed test pages. I also installed two scanners; both appear to work fine. I was using vl-hot and it did not pick up my flash drive when I plugged it in. The drive was recognized by dmesg. I switched to hal and rebooted, and my flash drive was mounted right when I plugged it in. My USB external hard drive was also mounted and I copied multiple gigs of files between a FAT32 partition on my internal hard drive and a FAT32 partition on the external drive. Is vl-hot broken and will it be fixed before VL6 goes final?
My Sony Clie synced fine with JPilot--thanks for that. However, it took some setting up. First there are two modules that have to be modprobed (usbserial and visor) and then ttyUSB0 and ttyUSB1 have to be created and made usable by users. JPilot now requires a symlink between ttyUSB1 and /dev/pilot. Once I did all of this, I was able to sync as user. These are simple steps. For newbies it might be nice to have a script integrated with JPilot or some other way to have them happen automatically.
I've installed many programs. Scribus can't find the plugins--lots of error messages on that when Scribus is started from the command line. This was also true in beta 1. Inkscape is missing two or three dependencies. I copied them from my beta 1 partition, but they should be downloaded automatically with Inkscape from our repos, don't you think? The latest Wine from the repos wants the newer beta of XFce. I figured that was not a true dependency and didn't install the newer XFce but I haven't run Wine yet, so we shall see.
So far I haven't found any show stoppers and in fact, I'm using VL6 beta 2 as my main desktop OS. VL6 has been my main desktop OS since alpha .12 or whatever it was, so it has been quite stable all along. Now it is pretty close to being polished. Good work!