PC-BSD 7.1 being user friendly
2009-06-07 18:09:09 GMT
after several weeks with PC-BSD 7.1, I have few remarks concerning user interface of PC-BSD. I'm new to BSD and it's possible that there are trivial solutions for these things, but anyway:
1 - Boot manager, Partition manager, tool for mounting my non-ufs partitions:
- when I'm testing new OS, I will create partition on machine with at least one other OS and I won't sacrifice all my files just to format entire HDD to test this OS. So there should be easy-to-use boot manager, partition manager and tool for mounting my partitions. All this should be available when I boot from installation dvd and after install in system menu as well. When new OS seems to be OK, I will eventually increase the size of its partition (this alone is a problem I wasn't able to solve at all). Commont user can't be bothered to search the net for several days just to find tools and information needed to install something that stays on his drive just for few days.
2 - Problems with KDE4:
2a- missing log files in KSystemLog:
The file '/var/log/syslog' does not exist.
The file '/var/log/daemon.log' does not exist.
2b- KDE information center - section about partitions: I have 4 partitions on my HDD, information center shows 12 partitions, incl. dvd-drive. Without proper description that would make sense. Absolutely useless.
3 - System settings -> System manager -> portsnap function. The progress bar crashes at ca. 60%, nothing happens after this. Always. Manual "portsnap fetch update" works fine.
4 - System settings -> standard applications:
- after changing default file manager from dolphin to krusader, the widget showing recently and newly connected removable disks is not working at all. USB stick and card reader that worked fine is not detected anymore. After switching back to dolphin, everything works again.
5 - Automatic (or semi-automatic at least) manager to mount USB sticks, external usb disks and card readers without fiddling in terminal. If there is something like this, it's not working like it should. I had to mount my usb stock manually.
6 - Ports collection: I've installed firefox-3.5.b4,1 (ports/www/firefox3-devel/). New entry in application launcher -Internet appeared. I have installed Firefox from PBI as well (3.0.10) which I'm using regularly. When I started FF with this new shortcut FF started, but not 3.5. 3.0.10. How can I start 3.5?
7 - how do I remove kopete for example? It's not installed as a package, so pkg_info doesn't shows it, thus pkg_delete is out of question. It would be great if there was some menu with all the installed KDE applications, not just PBIs.
So PC-BSD as user friendly system? I can't imagine my wife installing and using it...
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