[PC-BSD Dev] Boot time + boot screen + LXDE

Bridger Dyson-Smith bdysonsmith at gmail.com
Wed Mar 7 12:06:28 PST 2012

Fabry --
the username-length bug is a spectacular catch. I've wondered about this
myself and have discussed with others on the forums. Maybe this will help
with a fix for the problem?

Thanks very much!

On Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 2:04 PM, Fabrizio Parrella <fabrizio at bibivu.com>wrote:

> I have a few requests.
> I have installed PC-BSD 9.0 on most of the computers in my company using
> LXDE instead than KDE.  I must admit that it is MUCH faster, but LXDE still
> have major issues that will force me to convert most of those users back to
> KDE.
> a few issues are:
>  - Username that are 7 chars long causes the menu to refresh every 4
> second (weird, but it happens)
>  - Network files cannot be opened directly from the network (for example
> using open office and "file manager" and smb: protocol with authentication)
>  - Network bookmarks often do not work and give a samba + dbus error, so
> far the only way to solve this issue is to drop  ( ? ) the user and
> recreate it.  Some users (like the one on my computer) for some reason work
> without a problem.  Speculating: I wonder if it has to do with the username
> length here too ?
>  - Proxy is not respected by browsers or emails, I have to manually change
> the files and add the proxy, but each time that there is an update, I have
> to do it again
> Now, about the boot time, I have had a few people complains that it takes
> too long, I went and checked and most of them when they see the screen with
> the brownish/reddish count down (10 seconds) press enter or press a button,
> as they don't want to wait and assume that pressing keys would make it go
> faster. Maybe that should be changed to 2 seconds as in production
> computers almost no one needs to change those parameters, and when they
> need to be changed then is safe to assume that the person will be there to
> press the space or any button.
> I also noticed that the "countdown" screen is different on some random
> computer.  I have 6 of the same computers, same ram, same everything, and
> in 4 of them the "countdown" screen is the new improved one, on the other 2
> the screen is the classical black screen with the white text and "PC BSD"
> on the right.  not sure what makes those change and if that is only the
> effect of other possible problems, but worth to mention.
> Thank you
> Fabry
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