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Post Re: MEPIS 10.9.88 beta #1 released - bug reports &feedback h
First impressions...

Very resource hungry compared to any other linux distro I can remember using.

I tried to install it in a VM under VirtualBox, and had to increase the default Video Memory and RAM allocated to get the Live CD to boot (otherwise, it just kept reading from the .iso without ever finishing loading the desktop).

I finally ended up with 512MB and 32MB of Video memory allowing bootup, with it "settling in" using just over 300MB of RAM from a Live .iso in VirtualBox (more than twice what Mepis 8.5 uses running Live that way, as the latest 8.5 USB release is only taking 133MB after you get to the desktop running Live in VirtualBox). After installation to a Virtual Disk in VirtualBox, it still took almost 300MB of memory (288MB, even though it was using some of swap partition created for it), before trying to load any other apps, and that was with a small screen size.

So, that limits it's usefulness on borderline machines compared to most other Linux distros (I can't recall trying a Linux distro that takes this much memory to run in Virtualbox a long time, and I "test drive" a *lot* of new Linux distros). Even Linux Mint with it's custom menu system is "leaner".

BTW, I would suggest having VirtualBox guest extensions preinstalled. You even get that by default now installing Squeeze from the Beta 2 Network installer. ;-)


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Post Re: MEPIS 10.9.88 beta #1 released - bug reports &feedback h
richb wrote:
uncle mark wrote:
...the terminal window opens up and is positioned behind the Panel at the bottom. Need to drag it up to see the bottom of the window.

The same happens on my 8.5 upgraded to KDE 4.5.3.


Thanks Rich. At least it's not just me. Sounds like a KDE thing to me then.


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uncle mark wrote:
richb wrote:
uncle mark wrote:
...the terminal window opens up and is positioned behind the Panel at the bottom. Need to drag it up to see the bottom of the window.

The same happens on my 8.5 upgraded to KDE 4.5.3.


Thanks Rich. At least it's not just me. Sounds like a KDE thing to me then.


Yes I believe that to be the case.

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Post Re: MEPIS 10.9.88 beta #1 released - bug reports &feedback h
okay... initial impression...

not good

I tried the 64bit edition on a computer with a RadeonHD 4850 graphics chipset, something that is supposed to be well supported with default X.org drivers... and I got a black screen instead of a Desktop on the boot options no X.org-Conf file, the Classic Mepis X.org Conf, and the VESA X.org Conf.

On the No X.org-Conf and Classic Mepis X.org Conf boot options I was able to get a display by:
  • hitting control-alt-F1
  • logging in as root
  • entering the command: dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
  • entering the command: startx

On the VESA X.org Conf I got told that there were no screens available after trying to force a startx

After getting a GUI I ran through the install. On the first install I got a couple of partition error messages, with the Mepis installer saying it could not access a partition.

So, I rebooted, tried again, and this time the installer seemed to work... or at least I think it did. I can't tell because the GRUB file created by the installer lacks some pretty critical information:

Quote:
timeout 10
color cyan/blue white/blue
foreground ffffff
background 0639a1

gfxmenu /boot/grub/message

title MEPIS at sdb1, newest kernel
root ,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/sdb1 nomce quiet splash vga=788
boot

title MEPIS at sdb1, kernel 2.6.36-1-mepis64-smp
root ,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.36-1-mepis64-smp root=/dev/sdb1 nomce quiet splash vga=788
boot

title Windows Vista (loader) at sda1
map (hd0)
map (hd0)
rootnoverify ,0)
chainloader +1

title MEMTEST
kernel /boot/memtest86+.bin


I booted up another computer with an identical existing Mepis 8.5 / Windows NT6 installation and copied the relevant boot data, creating a menu 1st file with:

Quote:
title MEPIS at sdb1, newest kernel
root (hd1,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/sdb1 nomce quiet splash vga=788
boot

title MEPIS at sdb1, kernel 2.6.36-1-mepis64-smp
root (hd1,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.36-1-mepis64-smp root=/dev/sdb1 nomce quiet splash vga=788
boot

title Windows Vista (loader) at sda1
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1


and that's as far as I've gotten so far...


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Post Re: MEPIS 10.9.88 alpha #5 released - bug reports &feedback
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DVD burn :rolleyes:
All modes of boot resulted in BSOD with cursor in upper left (didn't try nVidia because I have ATI)
linux did not crash, looked like it was only non-functional kdm load...responded to keyboard Ctl-Alt-Del back to console display of normal shutdown sequence text on-screeen

USB Flashdrive via unetbootin :pint:
Booted perfectly...fresh install worked perfectly


Exact same 64 bit experience on my 2 desktops (1 ATI and 1 nVidia)
iso md5 checked out and DVD-RW was verified during k3b burn


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Saist wrote:
timeout 10
color cyan/blue white/blue
foreground ffffff
background 0639a1

gfxmenu /boot/grub/message

title MEPIS at sdb1, newest kernel
root ,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/sdb1 nomce quiet splash vga=788
boot


That looks like the same problem as with alpha 1.

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Post Re: MEPIS 10.9.88 beta #1 released - bug reports &feedback h
DBeckett wrote:
Saist wrote:
timeout 10
color cyan/blue white/blue
foreground ffffff
background 0639a1

gfxmenu /boot/grub/message

title MEPIS at sdb1, newest kernel
root ,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/sdb1 nomce quiet splash vga=788
boot


That looks like the same problem as with alpha 1.


Might be related to the source which wireman used when he made the timezone mods to the mepis installer package.

I think Warren might have made changes to the mepis installer that fixed the grub install problems which were found during alpha1, but those fixes might not have been in the source that wireman was working with.


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Running a fresh install of A5 on this P4/1024MB Vaio laptop. Had to immediately install the kde-config-touchpad app so I could fix the agonizingly slow touchpad mouse.


I had the same experience on my ThinkPad, except mine was so twitchy I could hardly zero in on whatever it was I was aiming at.

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DBeckett wrote:
uncle mark wrote:
Running a fresh install of A5 on this P4/1024MB Vaio laptop. Had to immediately install the kde-config-touchpad app so I could fix the agonizingly slow touchpad mouse.


I had the same experience on my ThinkPad, except mine was so twitchy I could hardly zero in on whatever it was I was aiming at.


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