Well, this is a surprise! What a huge vote of confidence (and very much well deserved) for Manjaro and its superb rolling release model. And I think it will be exactly what a lot of Netrunner users are looking for.
Here’s my list of little things I would like to see, based on my experiences with new users that are introduced to Manjaro: (Sorry, the devil is in the details.)
A GUI control panel to enable/disable Plymouth bootsplash
A graphical “App store” style software center
Grub customization GUI
All packages installed and configured for Bonjour/Zeroconf wireless printing
Services / systemctl enable/disable GUI
exFAT filesystem support installed out of the box
Dolphin context menu actions for opening files as root
Root file manager option in main menu
[*]Use free disk space and preserve existing OS option in installer
These small details really contribute toward a cohesive, professional system that even new users will be drawn toward. I’m sure this Netrunner Rolling edition will eventually become just that.
Again, congrats, and best wishes to both the Manjaro and the Netrunner teams!
i have installed the iso in a virtualbox to test. i am impressed. it looks very polished.
here are 2 things i have noticed:
there is no autologin option for sddm. i am the only user on my computer and i always use autologin. is there a way to autologin?
you have installed octopi, but not octopi-notifier. how should a normal user know that updates are available? please install octopi-notifier or write a little script, which checks for updates and installs them automatically in the background (or tell the user to confirm updates).
for a long term plan, i like the idea to have muon discover available. it is much more user friendly than octopi.
Thanks to everyone for the replies, and thanks for looking into this.
About Grub customizer, I was aware of its existence, but I have never seen it installed by default anywhere. Addtionally, I was aware of some issues that still exist with it, such as this one: https://forum.manjaro.org/index.php?topic=12275.msg110613
So I hope some love and care continues to go to making this tool a bit more mainstream; it’s very important in my opinion.
I added #9 too: A an option in the installer to automatically use free disk space and/or resize existing partitions to install Netrunner/Manjaro and preserve existing OS(es).
Interesting, that’s good news. If I’m not mistaken, a libalpm backend would also let gnome-software work as well?
As for #9, this is exactly what we have been working on, but decided in the very last minute to wait for next snapshot. It basically lets you pick and resize a partition to install Netrunner side-by-side on that partition. Stay tuned
I noticed that Zeroconf/Bonjour/Avahi network printer discovery is not working on this first release. It only requires a few packages and services to make this work… https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/avahi
…and also a small configuration file change: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/avahi#Hostname_resolution
It would be nice if the user didn’t have to set this system up. It’s a bit paradoxical that a system that is so easy to use for new users is not present and almost impossible for them to set up. Thanks a lot!
And one more little bug: I really like the default Plymouth boot screen on the live system. But after being installed it reverts to booting with just the “quiet” option. It would be REALLY nice to still have Plymouth. Or better yet, a GUI to enable/disable Plymouth, as I mentioned earlier. Thanks for taking all this into consideration!
I have an issue with host name not being pushed by system (Manjaro has the same problem)… to fix this issue only requires a miner change to /etc/dhclient.conf.
Here is how I fix it on my systems:
and removing the # from this line: send host-name = pick-first-value(gethostname(), “ISC-dhclient”);
I leave the rest of the file using it’s defaults…
PS. The Manjaro Enlightenment edition doesn’t have this issue as it uses econnman / connman and not network-manager which uses dhclient by default…
PSS. I was wondering where is the setting for 3D effect’s (I can’t find it), or is that package missing?