I am a huge debian fan and user.
I just tried to install a Progeny Debian 1.0 on a new box in our office instead of the new Mandrake. This box will be used by one of my colleague which does like simplicity.
We get some really disturbing problems :
- At no time during the installation were we asked about the keyboard layout we want to use. Unfortunately we are french and the box we bought are delivered with those stupid french keyboards ;-( So, at the end of the installation our box is completely unusable under X11, as well as on the console 🙁 If I weren’t aware of Debian stuff we would had completely reinstall the box with a Mandrake distro.
- The installation only proposed set of packages to be installed. That did not satisfies us, thus we just try to install packages with the Progeny graphical apt-get front-end found on the GNOME bar. Clicking the Help button gives:
Clicking the Search button will bring up the Package Search window, which can be used to install and remove individual packages.
Unfortunately there isn’t no Search button anywhere.
- Why did Progeny comes on 2 CD, since it seems that the sum of the 2 CD size seems to be almost burnable on only 1 CD. Moreover at no time during the installation were we asked about the second CD.
Finally just a suggestion. Is something like Mandrake aurora init wrapper worth the try on a distribution focused on new GNU/Linux user ? Just in order to hide thoses unfriendly (at least for beginner) boot messages.
The one thing cool is the X11 debconf stuff. It will be time to hurry all debian developper to jump to it so that next Debian may integrate really easy configuration.