9.1-RC3 feels okay :-)

CeDeROM cederom at tlen.pl
Tue Nov 6 13:31:06 UTC 2012

Hello world! :-)

After big shock with new organization of 9.0 and some mobilization to
take part in RC I have tested 9.1-RC{1,2,3} and found no bigger issues
so far from user perspective :-)

Also the installation method is now more familiar than before as I got
used to it - its nice that message is shown in the partitioning
section to remove and create a partition to do a fresh install, which
is not obvious for at first contact.

I was using RC1 and RC2 on virtual machine, then installed RC3 in
place of my stable system on Dell Latitude E4310 laptop - with normal
usage and hard overload I can see no issues - ext2fs and zfs
partifions are working fine also when serving content for virtual
machines inside virtualbox-ose 4.1.22 :-)

The initial packages installation is hard because there is no 9.1
ports directory on the ftp servers to use, so I had to build
portupgrade and then install packages with portinstall -PP. Before I
was using pkg_add -r and portmaster (which is a bit worse than
portupgrade I think because it cannot find any binary packaged
itself). But the first impression is that there are no packages
available to install!

Also the relase notes documents still use 9.0 numbering...

Except some issues with current ports like xfce4 window manager does
not work properly (this might impact release binaries) and fusefs-kmod
does not build with ruby1.9 which are reported already, I might have
some wishlist for future:

It would be nice to have ext4 natively implemented in the kernel,
because ext2 still seems to be most multiplatform filesystem to share
partitions across different operating systems. Or another solution is
to port new UFS driver for Linux and Windows so we can use BSD
partitions and filesystems on them with no problem :-)

WiFi Intel driver crashed my system on 9.0, I hope its fixed :-)

It would be really good to have hardware graphics acceleration for
Intel X3400 chipsets, and the way it does not destroys the native
console because it is very useful for tracing problems...

If you have any particular requests to test some stuff on this
hardware let me know :-)

Thank you for your hard work! Best regards :-)
Tomek Cedro

CeDeROM, SQ7MHZ, http://www.tomek.cedro.info

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