Wow! What a difference between Live CD and actual HD install for me! Several show stopper issues. i386 Mint 9 RC over top of i386 Mint 8 main (Gnome).
System: Toshiba Satellite A205-S5804 laptop, 2GB Ram, Intel Dual Core, Intel graphics, Realtek wireless, 500GB HD.
I am dual booting Vista and Mint (and am typing this from Vista for reasons that will become apparent in a minute). For this install, I used my Mint 8 swap, /, and /home partitions, knowing that I could revert back to 8 with a minimum of hassle if something went wrong. The installation itself went without a hitch, using manual partition setup with separate /, /home, and swap. Looked a lot like Mint 8 during the process, and when I was done and rebooted, Grub2 came up showing Mint 9 and Vista as expected. All was well. I chose the Mint 9 (non-recovery) boot, was greeted with a desktop that looked a lot like my old Mint 8 install, complete with working compiz from my 8 setup, etc, and thats where things became weird.
1. The bottom taskbar had literally nothing on it except the workspace switcher that I had from Mint 8. No start menu, no nothing, it was just blank. I manually added mint menu, the notification area so I could see the new "shield instead of lock", the clock, etc., so I could at least bring up a menu and function.
2. I immediately clicked on the shield and did the updates before doing anything else. No issues there, 24 of them, I believe. When that was done, I rebooted, and no change. Still nothing on the taskbar but what I'd manually added, system looked exactly as it had before I rebooted. Ok, so next.
3. Brought up the new Software Manager for the first time. Nice, lots of categories, it's cool you can just do a search in the upper right if you're not sure what category your app falls under, which is how I found the very first app I wanted, Wine 1.2. Clicked on it and got a nice window with a long description of what it was, and installed it. Got a progress bar at the bottom, went up to about 95%, then it disappeared. Waited a couple of minutes, nothing else happened. OK, I guess it's done. Close the window, check MintMenu.... yep, the Wine icon's back.... try to run the one Windows app I need... yep, works fine. Minimize it... point 4.
4. It just disappeared. Did not appear on the taskbar or anywhere else that I could see. Switched through all four workspaces, nope... it just isn't there. I run the app again, and it pops up immediately exactly where I was when I minimized, so it never left memory, it just didn't show in the taskbar as minimized. I fire up FireFox... browse a couple of websites... then minimize it. Same deal. Nothing on the taskbar. Firefox isn't like my Windows app, you click on it again, and it loads again... a new copy.
5. Rebooted again. Desktop identical to previous boot. Ok, lets try installing something else I need... in this case AMSN. Found in Software Manager the same way I found Wine 1.2, brought up the screen, hit install, nothing happened. Waited a few minutes, still nothing, closed Software Manager and brought up Synaptic. OK better, found it, installed it, all of which went just like it did in Mint 8. However, after install, it didn't show up under Internet or anywhere else that I could see in the Mint menu. Bring up a terminal. type in 'amsn'. It fires. OK, it's installed, it just doesn't show up on the menu. Close it, go kill it from Snyaptic. Bring the terminal up again. Do it the old fashioned way... 'sudo apt-get install amsn'. This works. it installs and it shows on the Mint Menu afterwards. Fire it up, all is good. But I minimize it, or a chat window, and again... nothing appears on the taskbar. What you just minimized disappears.
So at this point, unless someone has a clue what I did wrong, I really don't have much of a choice but to go back to my old rock solid Mint 8 until this gets sorted out. To summarize:
- No real "you're done" message or much of anything else from the new Software Manager when attempting to install something to figure out where you're at with the package in question.
- Stuff added from software manager or synaptic doesn't get added to Mint Menu as they did in 8.
- Stuff added from command line via apt-get DOES go where it should in the menu.
- Anything minimized disappears.
I hope this is the correct place to post this, if not, feel free to slap me upside the head. I'll now do Vista for a bit and read whatever comes back before I resort to a reinstall of 8. Thanks for listening, and hope this helps.