I thought I would post some of the things I have found in case anyone is interested.
- The desktop icon to install is wrong, but still works. (This would not pass our tests!)
- OpenOffice Base is missing and still will not install. ( Known issue and will be fixed) )
- The background color will not change. ( The color you see in the desktop switcher )
- Nautilus still needs work. An example is when you try and change an action in Firefox, you can not get to the file system. Nautilus displays a message that it "can not handle network locations" ( These problems are being addressed.)
- Pulse Audio is looking good and system sounds are working by default.
- The color on the screen after the GDM Theme, can be changed!
- Wallpaper can be changed!
- The "System Monitor" has a polished and complete look.
- Brasero has been updated to 0.7.1 and works well.
I am sure there are bugs present that I have not discovered yet, but all things considered it is very stable for an alpha release. The most serious problems I have seen with my configuration are with Nautilus. Hardy's development has an effect on us, so it is important to participate in it's development and report bugs. You will certainly want your hardware to work! I am most concerned about people getting a black screen at start up and having to jump through hoops to resolve this.
I do not recommend installing the alpha release along side your current running system at this time. There have been reports that it can break everything! I test on a separate hard drive so that my Daryna install is left untouched. If you decide to install the alpha along side your current install, remember to save all your important data first!
Just to let you know, Gnome is version 2.21.90.
You can get a look at some of the new features here.http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20 ... pha-4.html