Disappointment on the Edge
Weird. I have been using Dapper Drake for a few months now with almost complete satisfaction. The Dapper DVD is a cherished disk in my collection. I like the fact that I get gnome, kde and Xfce installed at the same time. It’s for that reason I downloaded the Edgy DVD a few weeks ago.
As I wrote before, installing it on my laptop was easy. One small issue actually. I created the proper partitions with gparted (i1 Gb swap, 17 Gb ext3), but the install program stated it did not recognize both partitions (black boxes). It was fixed in the next step (setting mount points) so I did not think about it much. Now, looking back, it was the first of a series of strange errors. Of things that work flawlessly in Dapper but appear broken in Edgy. I know since I removed Edgy from the laptop and installed Dapper on it.
– Sound: works out of the box with Dapper but is non-existent in Edgy.
– Desktop: the Edgy DVD does not install KDE or Xfce (or doesn’t add it to the sessions menu)
– Installing KDE applications: will be added to the menu under Dapper, but Edgy leaves it up to you.
– Add /remove applications: when selecting “all applications” you get error messages about broken packages. Only the open source” option seems to work without glitches. Integration with Synaptic is off. Packages installed with Synaptic do not appear installed in Add/remove and vice versa.
Okay, Edgy is more cutting edge than Dapper (hello, when is Firefox 2 available for Dapper) but the above mentioned things should just work. Heck, it is only an upgrade from 6.0.6 to 6.10 and everything works fresh from the Dapper DVD. Maybe I ran into a bad streak with this particular install. Maybe, but the next install will take place on the virtual test bench.
And the laptop? Is very happy with Dapper Drake, thank you. 😉