Friday, May 18, 2007 2:18:23 AM
Well, this review is going to be short... On startup I'm greeted with a splash screen which says "press any key to see boot messages". If I press any key I'm greeted with a command prompt. What do I do now???
Eventually I figure out that typing "start" and hitting return confirms "startx" (as in, the nice command line asks me if I really meant to type startx), which starts the graphical interface. Poor start for a desktop operating system that a simple command such as this isn't implemented by default.
I start into xfce, and it is rather pretty. Apparently fluxbox is also available on the CD. There's a taskbar at the top and a range of little icons and a 4-desktop pager on the bottom bar, it's set up as a kind-of upside-down Gnome. Lots of information about my system is being constantly updated in the top right-hand corner - uptime, CPU frequency and load, Memory usage, processes running and so on.
The range of applications built-in is adequate but not great. Firefox, Thunderbird, Gaim, xchat IRC, remote desktop client and so on - the range of internet applications is ok. There's only 4 multimedia apps for playing media not editing it. The Gimp and Inkscape make for nice graphics applications. Office-wise there's AbiWord and Gnumeric for spreadsheets and not much else. No games, and certainly nothing to use to configure wireless.
I discover that storage media - as in my Hard Disk - is not mounted by default. Hunting around the FreeSBIE site I found this user manual, which advises me I have to make use of the command line again in order to mount disks. "sudo mountdisks rw" does it. Again, how hard would it be to do this by default and put a shortcut to them somewhere convenient?
Obviously this Live CD is not meant for the beginner user.
Also, considering that the CD is apparently full, I'm wondering what took up all the space.