I am glad to let you all know that my experience with Noble are good. It looks and feels nice.
I am not too sure that the “intro slide” with which the whole experience starts (after starting the ISO) adds much. I read Simon’s blog about the next release, so I am aware of the background for reintroducing it. The green ‘connected’ notice at the bottom of the screen is deceptive (or erroneous).
Personally I would not distinguish between the several possible versions of install. Next, I encountered some error while installing one of the optional elements. Since it is explicitly stated that there is no guarantee about that, I did not bother too much.
Noble works as it should. I have a few remarks though.
The greeter screen (where you log in - part of the SDDM application) has two unnecessary options or sessions (
Openbox). Openbox does not work. Well, it does work, but you just get a black ‘canvas’ and not a working desktop. LXQt Desktop loads a sort of vanilla desktop (without proper theming, cursors and icons). I’ve fixed this by sudo-deleting two respective session files in /usr/share/xessions). Personally I would like to rename the remaining (and working option)
Lubuntuas LXQt by Lubuntu. That’s what it is, isn’t it?
In the pre-release I’ve noticed that the
Picomwindow manager is not working.
SDDM Configurationapplication looks nice. First time I’ve seen it. Did not find a use for it yet, but it is nice to have anyway. I would not put it under the
Accessoriesmenu, but obfuscate it a bit, as part of the LXQt Configuration Center (under
Other settings). Its friends live there too!
virt-manager. My Noble VM under test was itself running as a qemu vm, and it turns out that running another virt-manager inside virt-manager has exceptional good speed! It is amazing to see how quickly I was able to deploy Arch Linux with its LXQt inside my Noble VM. Very interesting, especially with the Lubuntu Artwork loaded on Arch as well
Picom. I am sure it is glitch. I never used Picom (well, not that I noticed it or was aware of). I am a big fan of xfwm4. It is my window manager of choice. Since the Lubuntu Handbook notices already the possibility of deploying one of several window managers, it would be a nice gesture if Noble also provides xfwm4 by default. In combination of the xfwm4 transparancy settings as used by
Debianit would make a great choice (without these particular settings xfwm4 is less attractive, and does not make a big difference in comparison too e.g. Openbox). But anyway, let the user decide.
In general I think that the improvements and additions described in Simon’s blog posting (and beyond) are useful. Perhaps with one exception: nobleNote.
Finally, I did not encounter the same problem I had in two or three earlier releases with the drag-n-drop function of menu items to the quicklaunch area. Ough…that really was a showstopper
Keep up the Good Work!
Look Maaah…no snaps !!!