allforcarrie wrote:With untu 8.04 out That means mint 5 is soon to follow.
Sorry, 8.04 is just out as a RC, not a stable release, Mint will only come after a stable release of Ubuntu.
And I installed OpenSuSE 11 today, picked KDE4, regretted that the second I booted into it, in fact, I actually hope that KDE 3.5.x will be supported for many years..
But instead I decided to see how Mandriva fared against a computer that needed a bit more configuring, namely my HP laptop, which requires both nVidia driver, ndiswrapper and the removal of bcm43xx/ssb.
So I boot into the live CD, go through the initial configuration (I was wrong above, you only configure locales when you log in, language, keyboard layout etc), then start the Mandriva control panel immediately after the desktop is loaded. First thing I notice is that the resolution is all wrong, so I go to fix that, change the screen size, select correct resolution, test the configuration, see that it works, and save it. It even looks like the CD included the nVidia driver (this was One, the free as in beer edition),
Next up ndiswrapper. Start the network configuration tool, select to configure a wireless device, select detected device, and choose to use ndiswrapper. Then I get a warning that there already is a module loaded for the card, but I still want ndiswrapper and continue on selecting my inf file, save. The utility restarts the device, and voilá, I got wireless, first time off a live CD on this laptop! I then go on to configure AP, WEP key etc.
After that I select to install, chose to use existing partitions and, with a smile, select the very same partition I installed OpenSuSE with KDE4 earlier, and let it do it's thing
Reboot and set up root account and users, and when I finally got to my desktop I am connected to my AP, screen resolution is right and it even kept a few tweaks I made to the taskbar on the panel!! The whole procedure took about 1 hr, that is including install time, and I usually use 10 - 20 mins configuring this laptop post installation just to get wireless working. Now I am off to test out if the nVidia proprietary driver really is loaded, because when I try to modinfo it I only get module not found.
So far I am overly impressed with the ease of use of Mandriva, and how the installer handles live session configurations as well, it even kept a folder I created in /media to mount my usb pen drive, as I couldn't get Firefox or Konqueror to launch in the live session...