In the jungle, the mighty jungle

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I mentioned a few months ago that I was considering a foray into a new linux distribution, and this weekend turned out to be a 3 day weekend with very little homework, and few people around to distract me. So here we go.

My first tentative steps away from gentoo will be on my laptop, since I'm not super attached to it's configuration, and I've very little data on it that is important.

Those of you who know me well know that I'm not switching from gentoo because it's too hard too install, or I can't grok it. I've been using it for years, and installed it on probably 30 machines, laptops, servers, and the like over the years since I began using it. I've also helped people install a lot of other distros, and always been happier with gentoo throughout the whole process. It's been my favorite distro for ages. So a new distro has a lot to live up to.

What I'm looking for in a new distro is the following:

  • Timeliness: New packages should be in the package management system in a timely manner. In ubuntu's case, at the next major release after stabilizing, if the software is at all commonly used.
  • Stability: The system should not randomly crash on me. I expect it's hardware support to be at least as good as gentoo's (where everything worked). I expect the software should not crash from random library fuxupage unless I have specifically upgraded something against The Distro Maintainer's Wishes.
  • Better software integration: When I ran gentoo I often ran a mishmash of various desktop paraphernalia to accomplish what I needed. I was never able to get things like "Network Manager" to integrate with gnome. I blame this entirely on myself - I believe gentoo *could* do it, but because my software was a mashup of ten different versions of godknowswhat over the years, things didn't always work perfectly. So I expect from a distro that is released in a six month cycle a slightly better integration.

Initial impressions on the install disk are very good. It allowed me to manually specify which partition I wanted as boot and root (since I had those previously partitioned.) It also recognized my Windows install, and has intimated to me that it will now set up my install with those settings. The grub it installs also allows me to kindly boot to windows, with no extra configuration on my part. Sweet. [Later tested, and passed.]

The livedisk itself is ok. It's got shiny graphics, even though the video drivers aren't good for my card, so things are a bit slow. It recognized my wireless card (Centrino 2100) and allowed me to connect to my network via Network Manager.

On booting into the newly installed image (about 15 minutes later), I'm displeased by the lack of ability to get my textual system information. (Hitting F* doesn't do the trick, sadly.)

Pop-up message: "There are 72 system updates." Oook. It gives me a list to look through, and they all look good. 2:07am. I go for it.

Meanwhile I decide to look at the default package installation. It looks good...I've recently moved to gnome/beryl in gentoo so I'm pretty comfortable with the default setup. Comes with almost all the software I use on a daily basis, so far. No gajim in the default install, sadly. The browser window seems to scroll just fine, looks like the actual install doesn't face the same video driver problem as the livedisk.

Oh, happy day. It's installed scim for me. Looks like I will need to install some japanese fonts, and anthy still.

2:21am. It's finished downloading all 72 updates, and begins installing them for me.

2:25am. It finishes installing, and pops up a bubble asking me to restart my computer to finish the update. I'm unhappy about this, but I did spot a kernel upgrade in there, so it seems a reasonable request.

Man the default grub screen is ugly.

Synaptics package manager search is slow, but it's always been easy to use. And if I wanted to use the command line, there's always apt-get. *shrug* No reason to make things hard on myself. Command line has it's uses, but, not for everything.

I install anthy, banshee, gajim, mpd, sonata, and a whole cadre of associated plugins and niceties. Some of them I haven't even seen before. Also add in a bunch of syntax hilighting packages for vim. Can't live without it, you know.

Five minutes later, all these packages are installed. Happy day.

Now I install beryl. And it installs aiglx for me. And configures it. Properly. Ooops, I forgot to install emerald and beryl-manager. Fix that. Shiny beryl on my laptop. The one with the ati radeon 9000 video card.

3:45am. My system has all the applications installed that it did previously. It seems to run nicely.

The next few days will tell me more.

Now to stress test it.