I installed RC4 on two computers today. On the Celeron desktop I again used the hosted install. Everything went perfectly. No problems with anything. This has been my test machine since the VL6 alphas. It is very Linux friendly, so I didn't expect any problems.
Wish I could say that for installing on the Gateway laptop! I used a text install from a CD. Everything went fine in the installation. NVidia video driver installed in seconds. Sound worked fine the first time and continues to work. But then I discovered that the accursed touchpad is working, contrary to my selection during installation! I was careful to choose NOT to have the touchpad driver loaded, thinking that would disable it. But the dratted thing ISN'T disabled. I absolutely detest that. I use a wireless notebook mouse and don't want the touchpad working AT ALL. I disabled it in 5.9 but don't know if the same approach will work with 6. If at all possible, could we PLEASE have a way during or after installation to disable touchpads without having to jump through hoops or doing obscure edits to xorg.conf?
Now--wireless. I was expecting no problems, based on some of the glowing reports here. Ha! It was a horrendous mess and by some miracle, I got it working and am using my wireless connection as we speak. The wireless chip is a Realtek 8185. It needs ndiswrapper and a Windows XP driver. Instead, the rtl8180 module was loaded. AND there was eth0, which uses a wired network chip. Bad news! That has to be disabled in order for the wireless to work. Otherwise the computer tries to use the wired connection--but there isn't one.
I eventually got the wireless to work by digging through my notes and following (sort of) the directions for setting up wireless. What got me so frustrated was that all these fancy new wireless tools in VL6 didn't work for me. I couldn't find anything for setting up ndiswrapper and telling it what driver to use. (Actually, I did see something briefly but due to the disgusting touchpad interpreting a touch as a click, the ndiswrapper setup thing disappeared, incorrectly and incompletely configured, and I couldn't find it again.) Good grief, we need some directions! How can someone search the forum if he/she can't set up the connection? Now I have to figure out how I can permanently disable eth0 showing up in ifconfig. I don't yet know if my wlan0 will come up automatically after a reboot.
Sorry to sound so negative, but I was just so disappointed that my wireless was such a mess, I was flying blind in trying to fix it, and I could NOT have fixed it with anything in VASM or from the network menu.
Oh yes, another thing. I had at least three hard lockups where neither mouse nor keyboard would work and I had to turn off the computer before I could reboot.
A major annoyance--
On the laptop (14.1" screen, 1280x800 resolution) the fonts in VASMCC are *so small* that I have to struggle mightily to see them. I've adjusted font sizes in XFce settings and qtconfig, but I don't know what controls the size in VASMCC and other screens for system settings.
So on the Celeron desktop, superb. On the Gateway laptop, not so much.