This is my first post here. I've been a Linux Mint user for quite some time (dual boot with XP) on an ASUS G1 S laptop. I've had Elyssa for quite sometime now (after moving on from Ubuntu Gutsy which didn't go quite well for me, maybe because my laptop hardware was not fully compatible with some of the stuff/drivers), but LM 5 has till now been rock solid on my laptop [EnvyNG, Compiz, Power Management etc. have all worked really well].
Eventually, I've wanted to migrate from Gnome (which is all nice, but, well, a bit boring, should I say) and try KDE, both for the interface and because I wanted to try the KDE apps.
So against Clem's warnings, I upgraded from LM 5 to LM 6 (and broke my nvidia drivers, grub, xconf), but after a lot of Google sessions, eventually fixed them , and then installed KDE from the ubuntu-experimental repos. at launchpad. On reboot, logging into the KDE session threw a splash of KDE 4.1 so I though confused, since I obviously wanted to install KDE 4.2 on Felicia. Some plasmoids and stuff (user panel) etc. didn't work pretty well, and I got some crashes and system restarts [linux version of bsod] when I ran Firefox etc.
Well, so I finally downloaded Felicia KDE RC1 today from the Italian LM site, and ran the Live CD session, and have really liked it. I had some initial hiccup when the Live CD booted in and set the default screen brightness to the lowest setting. After some amount of hunting around searching for a brightness applet which I couldn't find, I realized that my default ASUS G1 S Special Fn keys worked Out of the Box!!! Now that's really really cool !!!
Wireless also got detected (Intel 4965 wireless card) automatically, and got setup without hitches. [That's my biggest requirement since I only have a wireless net connection]. I've seen some users post that the default wireless setup is broken with Felicia, so just wanted to mention this.
Tested FireFox. Worked OK.
Just wanted to put in a post for other ASUS laptop users that things are really working fine with the Live CD. [ I havn't tried hibernate and other power management stuff, just so that you know].
Now I'm planning to do a fresh install tonight over my old Linux setup. Will let you guys know how it went. Hopefully it'll rock!!!
Also a round of thanks to all Ubuntu + Linux Mint + KDE folks for an awesome job. [and sorry if the post is too long].
PS: Just wanted to know if it will be possible to upgrade my RC1 LM 6 KDE install to the final release version once it comes out, or if I'll have to go in again for a fresh LM 6 KDE (final release) iso download and install (which I very much want to avoid ).