I've been playing around with Helena since she first appeared on HEAnet Wednesday and ,so far, can't find any major gripes. I installed her on three different systems - A desktop, a laptop, and a netbook - and everything works as expected (with one small exception to be discussed later).
The desktop: Intel Core 2 Quad T6600, 2.4 Ghz clock, 6 Gb DDR2 PC2-5300 ram, WD 640 GB 7200 rpm hard drive, Intel 82G33/G31 Integrated Express Graphics Controller, Zydas ZD011 USB wireless network adapter.
Installed to live desktop in less than 2 minutes. Everything worked. Installed to hard drive in 10 minutes. Everything works. Full Compiz custom effects, wifi connects before boot completes, boots in about 20-25 seconds. So far I have found no faults.
The laptop: HP dv9500T 17 inch. Intel Core 2 Duo T7700, 2.4 Ghz clock, 2Gb DDR2 PC2-5300 ram, 2 X 120Gb 7299 rpm hard drives, nvidia G86(GForce 8400M GS) Graphics controller, Intel PROwireless 4965AGN internal wifi card.
Installed to sdb with 4 Mint 7 versions on sda (Main ED., 64 bit, XFCE, and KDE). On first boot and all after, Grub took 20-30 seconds to load the boot menu and 3-5 seconds to respond to any boot choice. Further investigation (good thing I enjoy doing Mint installs) revealed that the problem lies in installing Mint 8 to sdb and booting from sda. Even with no other OS installed, this setup causes Grub 2 to be very sluggish. Everything else - wifi, compiz, suspend, hibernate, etc. - all work out of the box.
The netbook: Acer Aspire One D150 10 inch. Intel Atom N270 hyperthreading CPU, 1.6 Ghz clock, 2 Gb DDR2 PC2-5300 ram. 160 Gb 7200 rpm HD, Intel Mobile 945GME Express Integrated Graphics Controller, Atheros AR5001 internal wireless.
Everything worked first try. Even on this slower system, Helena boots in less than 45 seconds with all other response times in proportion.
Can't think of any commrnt other than "WOW ! " Many thanks to Clem and the team for another outstanding performance.
It was a little bit more complicated to get my AT&T air card to work in Helena than it was in Gloria, but itwas finally sorted out. Also, for the first time since I started using Mint (Felicia) bluetooth works for me without having to install Blueman or some other third party bluetooth manager.
Hopefully, the Grub developers will cure the slight problem outlined above and Helena will be perfect.
<EDIT> I disagree with many of the other posts in this thread. I like the new default background (well, as much as I ever like default, branded backgrounds).
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