|I burned the ISO of Progeny Beta 2 on friday, and
installed it later friday evening.
Mostly I was impressed by the ease of installation- my video card(TNT2) and sound card(SBLive value) were autodetected, as was my pci network card(NE2000). The X configuration was very smooth and I immediately had a nice-looking display.
My 2nd network card(which I use for my LAN) is a pnp isa card(NE2000) – it did not get automatically detected. I used isapnp to get it initialized and tried to config it with Progeny’s ethernet config tool, but the tool only supports one ethernet interface… shoot. Of course I’m knowledgable enough to set up custom scripts to do it, but I was a little disappointed by this.
I wanted to compile a 2.4.0 kernel and NVdriver for my video card so I could get 3D going – unfortunately there was no make-kpkg on Progeny so I had to transfer the script over from my laptop. Yes yes… I’m spoiled! It’s hard to go back to ‘make install’ after you’ve run make-kpkg
After compiling and installing the 2.4.0 kernel, I figured out how to boot it from GRUB, the functionality of which I was absolutely floored by – GRUB is the future. The info and man documentation is really lacking though – I still am unsure how to boot my ‘doze partition through it. Hey progeny! How ’bout a nice GRUB configuration interface? Please?
After all the configuration was finished, I was left with a very nice-looking system that could play all the loki games I’m so fond of (btw, an opengl renderer was just patched into Myth2 woo-hoo!)
I noticed that the sources list for apt did not include the woody archive – and indeed I wonder what problems would be caused by updating it.
All in all, I consider Beta 2 of Progeny to be promising, and I expect more to come. This having been said, I can’t stress enough the importance of Progeny being compatible with debian so that I can update from debian archives without anything messing up – my greatest hope is that progeny’s nice install method will someday become part of standard debian(as an option… the ncurses-based install should always be offered)
my 2 cents..