System: RedHat 5.2 on NEC Versa 6200MX
Results: Very good, but a few minor tweaks would make it
1> One of the first thing people try is "man -k" or
"locate". These databases really really ought to be built
automatically on the first boot. Some people don't wait
until after midnight for the cron job to finish before
trying to figure things out. This is a biggie! It trips up
beginners I have tutored often.
2> The installer forced me to select a monitor, but I have a
laptop. I picked something random and it worked. It should
have had a "Laptop screen" pseudo-option. Probe worked
3> The installer asked about my network setup, but did not
list "PCMCIA" as an option. As it turns out, once it booted
the card worked perfectly. Had it given an option of
"PCMCIA" or "Unknown", and done nothing, I would have not
been under the impression that PCMCIA ethernet was not
supported by the default install.
4> Why does the installer not support a list of Window
Managers to select from? This is Linux, it is fun to select
something different from the Windows 95 look.
5> Changing .wm_config to "WindowMaker" resulted in
"Fvwm95". Turns out on the default workstation install
WindowMaker is not installed, and the ".wm_config" method
hides the error message. Not impressive, and
underdocumented to boot.
6> After setting up a network gateway, it would not work.
Turns out I had to restart the ethernet driver. A comment
to this effect would have been nice.
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