HI all! thanks for the interest and support you are all giving to Mint FB
I just want to make a short recap of things that need attending to, known bugs and the like... If you have read my other post you will know that I am on holiday and so I wont be doing any substantial work on this Beta... So if ou have a fix for a problem please let us know... it will make the fixing faster once i do get around to working on Mint FB.
1) The bad launchers in mintConfig. As far as I know mintConfig uses the .desktop files located in /usr/share/applications to create the launchers in it. and this is where the problem lies... either the launchers installed by the various tools are broken or removing of a certain tool has left an undeleted launcher pointing to a tool that has been removed...
As a side note... I am ot a programmer, I am dependent heavily on Mint XFCE's tools... If anybody can write a set of tools specifically for Mint FB that would be the best case scenario... using light libraries or ones already present would be vital.
2) I will have to fix the persisting user 'mint' after install... i didnt notice this... i will look into this.
3) Is anyone else getting OpenOffice in the menus? I did remove it and stuck to Abiword and Gnumeric. Please let me know... because this should be fixed.
4) Mplayer. This has not been one of the better parts of this Beta. Mplayer does try to prevent Gnome Screensaver from kicking in... but it is not on the system and so gives the error mentioned earlier... this does not affect playback though. Mint FB is using X Screensaver instead.
I personally prefer VLC as a video player over Mplayer. However, I did decide on Mplayer because it seems more widely used as Firefox's media player... and I really wanted one or the other... not both.
If anyone can, can you please test VLC as the default media player for local media files, streaming files and media embedded in web pages. On an old machine on which i tested Mint FB, Mplayer wouldn't display the media properly in fullscreen mode. It would take over the screen but the media would be displayed in the original resolution...
We need a reliable default video player. For an audio player I would have gone with Audacious but Exaile provides the library funtionality which I think is important in any modern audio player.
5) Why Gpaint over GIMP? this decision was made to reduce the size of the ISO image file and make Mint FB more compatible with older machines (GIMP does require a healthy serving of RAM... Firefox and Thunderbird too... but I think these are too essential to make room for compromise...) However, let us know if you think GIMP is worth the extra weight... nothing is set in stone
6) There seems to be a few people with ISOs that do not work... Please check the md5sum and confirm that the ISO image you have is without errors... If it is, and you are still having the same problem... well, we have a big problem then
7) Firefox Bookmarks. I shall look into that... The first thing I do in FF is remove the Bookmarks toolbar.. so I didnt notice the XFCE links...
OK that was my recap of the problems discovered so far... If I have missed anything out please add to the list.
My parents here have an old AMD Duron 600MHz machine here... with 128MB RAM which they don't use. A chance to install Mint FB on such an antique was not to be missed... so thats what I did yesterday
It wasn't without its hassles... Booting up in Live CD mode filled up the RAM completely. I found this strange as on my machine Mint FB didn't use up 128MB at startup! How much does it use on your machines?
Anyway, single user mode, creating a swap partition and closing unnecessary applications (Network Manager and mintUpdate) got Ubiquity running decently... I did take quite a while but it installed just fine... This got me thinking of an alternate CD without Live CD capabilities... we are aiming for lower end hardware afterall...
After installation, Everything seems to be working like clockwork except for the Mplayer issue with fullscreen I mentioned earlier...
OK I'll end here... Keep testing and keep the feedback coming! I'll be watching this space