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ikey wrote:
@joany we use unionfs. any particular advantage of aufs ?

No particular advantage, as long as it allows installing packages. I don't have a spare testing partition, but I like to test other distros on my actual hardware rather than VirtualBox because it gives a better indication of any hardware incompatibilities that may exist.

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And yes, PAE enabled kernel by default. (Also BFS, preempt)

Great! I currently use 32-bit pae kernel with my production OS, and I find it provides good performance with fewer software issues than 64-bit.

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Same. We provide 64-bit of the Eveline release, and 64-bit of 2 will be eventually available but it
hasn't won me over yet. I just simply don't need it. Bit different if you're doing huge video editing
or music and using a realtime kernel, but meh. I'm a dev and a desktop user. I need not such
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I've just installed it to my test box, and tinkered for an hour or so. It's far better than an Alpha; more like an RC from my POV. The only thing I found a problem with was that after installing Synaptic from the software manager, I'm unable to view the repositories in it. I'll play with that a bit more, and if necessary ask over on the Solus forum.

I've recently set up a couple of non-technical users with Mint13 Mate; they both love it, and I've had no call for assistance in a month. This OS has some similarities with Mint, (except it's not green of course!) and would serve them equally well.

The bar has been raised high; we now need to work together to make the next release of Mepis, whatever and whenever that is, at least equal!

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ikey wrote:
Aaah. No installing stuff works. They don't propagate to the install and are not persistent.
The live policykit stuff asks for password though, debian live scripts are messed up.
I stopped it doing it for networking stuff and you can use sudo without a password
So usual apt-get interaction is fine

Yep, that's what I encountered. When I tried to set up my HP printer (it wasn't recognized OOTB), the printer application kept asking me for an administrative password. I tried every conceivable password I could think of:

<root>
<toor>
<admin>
<administrative>
<administrator>
<user>
<guest>
< >

And so on. I headed over to the SolusOS Forum to see if I could find out what the administrative password is, but a search on those keywords didn't provide any information.

I found that I couldn't do much with the live DVD environment without the administrative password, so I eventually gave up.

I admit I don't know much about Gnome or Gnome2 -- I tend to be biased toward KDE. Maybe you need to install SolusOS on the HDD to really appreciate its virtues. But I'll keep an eye on SolusOS in the future and try the live DVD again when the RC or final comes out.

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ikey wrote:
@uncle mark: Thanks for testing :)
Sidenote: I haven't had any involvement in the Mint project for some time, I only work on SolusOS :)


I stand corrected.

While I can't imagine moving away from MEPIS and/or KDE myself, I do like to keep abreast of what's going on with other distros and DTEs. Unity makes my head hurt, and the Mint thing with Mate or Cinnamon or whatever the heck they've come up with to disguise the real Gnome 3 interface has just made me confused. The little time I've spent with straight up Gnome 3 on Fedora left me wondering if the Gnome developers had lost their minds.

What I saw yesterday while playing with your alpha was enough to make me think that there might be some sanity left on the Gnome side of things.

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I started running 2-A4 in a VM on this computer and did a clean install of it on another computer where Ubuntu messed the boot record up (it is a multi-boot computer and Ubuntu 10.04 was the controlling OS) Ubuntu 12.04 rendered the computer un-bootable. Anyway I used 2-A4 on Sunday to record our church service and all went well.

It runs like a GNOME version of Mepis.

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uncle mark wrote:
While I can't imagine moving away from MEPIS and/or KDE myself, I do like to keep abreast of what's going on with other distros and DTEs. Unity makes my head hurt, and the Mint thing with Mate or Cinnamon or whatever the heck they've come up with to disguise the real Gnome 3 interface has just made me confused.


Mint 'Mate' is a fork of Gnome 2 (like Trinity is to KDE3) that is optimised to use Gnome 3 applications as far as possible. It's actually very close to SolusOS in use and appearance.

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I did a full install of SolusOS 2 Alpha 5 to my hard drive tonight. I'm amazed at how ready this is to go out of the box. I think it needs a few tweaks, but it's usable right now.
Can't wait for Mepis 12, I will be dual-booting these babies :-)


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I haven't looked at any of the Alphas yet, but I did install SolusOS 1 onto my mother in laws computer when Mepis wouldn't install (due to 512mb of mem). I was very impressed with it. It left me wondering if I should have been using Gnome all this time instead of KDE. I still like KDE for many of the additional features it provides, but I really like the clean look that SolusOS and Gnome 2 have. If Ikey ever gets a big enough team to create a KDE version that looks as clean as his Gnome version I think I would be convinced to switch. I can't help but to think that some of the features of KDE with the clean appearance of Gnome 2 would be a winning combination. So I'm going to be keeping an eye on Solus. I've not been happy with my Roadblock install (primarily lack of permission issues) and I plan on moving to Mepis 12 ASAP. But if SolusOS beats Mepis with the Weazy release, and is just as stable, I might make the move. Keep up the good work Ikey.


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