if its any consolation, i run feisty as my primary system
I've just installed Feisty on a spare HDD partition. It was rather nasty in the way it has sabotaged my Mint installation.
When the Feisty GRUB launches Mint, I see Bianca's splash screen for a couple of seconds, but then I find myself in text mode at a root prompt. How rude, and a breach of security.
Being a Linux n00b, I knew not how to repair the situation. But, having gone through numerous distro installs, I instinctively typed /etc/init.d/gdm start
, which launched the familiar GUI. However, immediately after my login, Bianca repeatedly complained of not being able to initiate HAL.
I don't know who this Hal fella is, but Bianca seems able to carry on without him. The NetworkManager applet is AWOL, which means I get Internet access without having to first click for a connection. I shall one day discover how to get Firestarter to start up without my (manual) intervention.
Feisty Firefox is better multimedia aware, automatically finding and installing the Flash plugin when needed -- something that even MS Windows Firefox doesn't always get right. Feisty Firefox recognizes WMV as a video file format, even when it doesn't have the codec to play it. After I manually install the codecs and their agents, Feisty Firefox is better multimedia-integrated than Dapper and Edgy.
There are other aspects of this deeper level of AI that I actually dislike, much as I dislike the meddling and nagging AI in MS Windows.
Overall, Ubuntu Feisty helps change the Linux landscape for the better, at an opportune time (Microsoft has shot itself in the arse with Vista).
Methinks the Mint desktop looks much sharper than the native Ubuntu, so Bianca stays.