Thanks Biff. It's good to be back. Great job on the OS. I really like it a lot, that's why it was a quick decision to switch to it from Mint. It definitely runs fast on this machine.
Yeah, tweaking is fun. I like the minimalist approach to the default software, it gives us the basics without a bunch of needless crap. :)
Hey all. I've been here before but it's been a while, so I figued I'd re-introduce myself.
I tried wattOS last year, I think it was R3, and I really enjoyed it. At the time, I was testing a lot of distributions. I was running Windows XP and 3-4 Linux distros on this computer and a couple other Linux distros on an older rig. I was continuously installing and testing new distros, doing a lot of distro hopping. Anyway, since then, I've settled down a bit. I've been running just one Linux install on this computer alongside Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. (I gave the other computer and my only copy of XP to my mom because her PC died) My distro of choice was Linux Mint, but I'm not a huge fan of Gnome 3. I like their MGSE and Cinnamon interfaces, but it's still Gnome 3 underneath. I tried Mint 12 KDE a few weeks ago, but I couldn't get my graphics card driver installed, despite trying the usual Ubuntu tool, SGFXI and even wget. Nothing worked, I kept breaking the install and having to reinstall and try again. So, I finally gave up in frustration and my Linux partition has pretty much stayed in a FUBAR state for the past few weeks. I was going to get Mint 12 LXDE to replace it, but I'm getting tired of waiting for it to be released, so I hit DistroWatch earlier. It was there that I saw the announcement that wattOS R5 had just been released. I remembered it was a good distro, so I had to take it for a spin. After a few minutes of testing, I knew I'd found my new Linux OS, so I installed it over the FUBAR Mint install. :D
So, that's where I am. Here's what I'm running this beastie on:
System: Host: chris-desktop Kernel: 3.0.0-16-generic-pae i686 (32 bit) Desktop: LXDE (Openbox 3.5.0) Distro: Ubuntu 11.10 oneiricMachine: Mobo: ASUSTeK model: P5G41-M LE version: Rev X.0x Bios: American Megatrends version: 0309 date: 10/27/2009CPU: Dual core Intel Celeron CPU E3300 (-MCP-) cache: 1024 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 ssse3 vmx) Clock Speeds: 1: 2500.00 MHz 2: 2500.00 MHzGraphics: Card: nVidia G96 X.Org: 1.10.4 drivers: nvidia (unloaded: fbdev,vesa,nouveau) Resolution: [email protected] GLX Renderer: GeForce 9500 GT/PCI/SSE2 GLX Version: 3.3.0 NVIDIA 280.13Audio: Card: Intel N10/ICH 7 Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: HDA Intel Sound: ALSA ver: 1.0.24Network: Card: Atheros AR8121/AR8113/AR8114 Gigabit or Fast Ethernet driver: ATL1E IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: 90:e6:ba:dd:80:fbDrives: HDD Total Size: 1000.2GB (31.6% used) 1: /dev/sda SAMSUNG_HD103SJ 1000.2GB Partition: ID: / size: 304G used: 3.0G (2%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 2.11GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap ID: swap-2 size: 4.21GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 28.0C mobo: 28.0C gpu: 35C Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 1939 sys-1: 0 Info: Processes: 113 Uptime: 6:04 Memory: 297.5/4031.1MB Client: Shell inxi: 1.7.28
Needless to say, with this system, wattOS really flies. :D
This post was edited by Chris Martin at March 8, 2012 8:44 PM PST
I hate Unity. It requires you to have 3D support to use it, so if you're using Intel Graphics you're fine, you get 3D support "out of the box" with open source drivers. I don't know about ATI but Nvidia has no 3D support with open source drivers. So, you can't even run Ubuntu Netbook Remix or 11.04 Alpha from a flash drive on Nvidia graphics to try out Unity (I tried.) Any desktop that requires 3D support to even run is just ridiculous, IMO. (it defaults back to the old fugly Gnome desktop if you don't have 3D support enabled)
Those are some nice screen shots. I especially like Brent F's and John Ritchie's. (the LOTR-inspired one is awesome) One of these days, I've gotta take a snappy of my wattOS desktop. I'm on the wrong computer right now to do that.
I tried Bodhi Linux yesterday on my other computer because I wanted to try the new E17 1.0 release. I hadn't tried E17 since it was in alpha stage and it was a mess. E17 I liked but I installed the nvidia graphics driver via Synaptic and then it wouldn't boot back up. So, that was the end of me running Bodhi, unless I install it in VirtualBox or Qemu.