Experiences With Isadora RC 1
Installed from CD to Dell Optiplex 760 - Intel Core2Due E8400 @3.00GHz - 4GB RAM
Installed to former partition of Linux Mint 8. Reformated "/" and "Swap"
Used GRUB to dual boot with Windows XP. No issues.
First installed the x64 version, but Google's Open VMware View client wouldn't work.
Installed x32 version with no issues. Installed proprietary ATI video drivers without issue.
1) Where is the "Burn" visual effect in Compiz? Am I missing something. I hope so because that was my favorite. First they take away "Busy Spheres" screensaver and now this!? xxx!? Tell me I'm missing something.
2) I tried the "Matrix" screensaver and it takes over a minute to come to the login screen after moving the mouse. Disabled Compiz effects and the same thing happened. Switched to the snowflakes screensaver and all worked as it should.
3) Boot time is too slow. Here is a test against a comparably (yet older) spec'ed Dell Optiplex 745 with Windows 7:
Optiplex 760 - Mint Optiplex 745 - Win7
45 seconds 25 seconds - Time from boot to login prompt
60 seconds 75 seconds - Time from login to machine being "usable"
Even though Mint is faster to a point of being "usable", it is still too slow. WAY too slow. The Windows 7 was on a domain and had lots of extraneous scripting and antivirus and Group Policy crap do deal with. In my head they boot at the same rate (maybe Windows 7 is better). Any way I can speed it up? I thought this release was to have a fast boot? If Linux can't boot faster than a domain-connected version of Windows 7, that would be sad.
4) When booting from CD, the Mint splash-screen logo with the dots looked nice. After installation and use of restricted drivers the splash-screen logo looks crappy. I can live with it, but I won't what is up. My session is fine, just the boot logo is messed up.
5) Perpetual issue: Why is it such a pain in the *ss to configure the Menu with "Main Menu" in Control Center? Nothing I check ever shows up. I must be missing something (yet again). Regardless, it should just work. If I check "Debian", it should show up.
6) Is it true that there will be no RAID1 support? If so, that would stink as that is how I want to run my system. I've not gotten to the point yet.
7) Where is "Clearlooks" theme? Why do they get rid of everything I like?
Various USB Devices:
Sprint Hero Phone - Did nothing when I plugged it in. When I switched the phone to USB Mount Mode it saw it and mounted it. Saw the file system, but offered no software for images. Didn't mention my audio files.
Canon Digital Camera - Recognized camera without issue. Again, no software offered for images.
Sandisk Sansa MP3 Player - Error: "Unable to mount Sansa e280" "Error initializing camera: -1: Unspecified error"
Results booting from USB on other computers:
1) IBM X41 Tablet - Everything worked well from USB
2) IBM X200 Tablet - No audio. Everything else worked fine.
3) Dell Studio 540 - Everything worked well except Broadcom Wireless
4) Dell Latitude E6400 - Everything worked well from USB
Result from installing on Dell Latitude E6400 from USB
All worked well other than a slower-than-normal installation.
Overall it runs very well, so I assume the final will be even better. My beefs are minor and princess rather than substantive (other than the slow boot time).
I will probably install it once the new version comes out. Excellent work by all concerned. It is much appreciated.