os30 first impressions

Mikus Grinbergs mikus at bga.com
Tue Oct 13 21:07:54 EDT 2009

Finally - the first new (non-F9) build that I've installed in over 
nine months that can show "movies" for me !!  [Though even on the 
XO-1.5, YouTube remains "snapshotty" rather than "smooth".]

I'm still getting a feel for what this system will do.  My "suite" 
of multimedia applications works - and all of the 'memory-hogs' are 
much much quicker than on the XO-1.

I noticed that this build does not even bother to define the msh0 
interface.  Also, my neighborhood view currently shows only me.

Noticed flakiness with the video.  Others have already noted the 
color bands during pretty boot.  I also saw color areas while using 
the (normally all black) text console (alt-ctl-F2).  When using a 
Frame icon's palette to 'Stop' a full-screen application, it looked 
like a series of screen images (but smaller than the screen itself) 
were being drawn as the previous session vanished.  Some palette 
opens/closes on some Frame icons cause a screen-wide blink.

All in all, a good system (with quirks).


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